Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Why And How

Wisdom teeth signify impending maturity and adulthood; however they have also become synonymous with suffering and pain. Usually, if teeth reach this point they will have to be removed. Today, wisdom tooth extraction has become really popular and a huge number of people are getting their wisdom tooth removed. Usually, the trips to dentist have been associated with pain and in this case the extraction of painful teeth can ultimately be a relief for affected individual.

Pain is not the only reason for wisdom teeth extraction. Teeth are usually removed if they are impacted. The impacted wisdom teeth carry the risk of complications. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that are not completely broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental issues. Bacteria and food can get stuck around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing plaque build-up. This in turn, can lead to:

Benign and cysts growths: In very rare cases, a wisdom tooth that hasn’t emerged from the gum develops a cyst.

Abscess: In this condition pus gets collected in your wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue due to a bacterial infection.

Cellulitis: A bacterial infection in throat, tongue or cheek.

Pericoronitis: This is a condition that suggests infection of the soft tissues due to plaque.

Gum disease: Gum disease or periodontal disease happens when plaque releases toxins that are harmful for your gums. Toxins can make your gums painful, swollen and red. It can also deteriorate other surrounding teeth and the bone around the wisdom teeth.

Tooth decay: This occurs when plaque starts to deteriorate the surface of your tooth. When the decay becomes more severe, it leaves cavities in the tooth, which can affect other nearby teeth as well.

A number of these issues can be treated with simple treatments like antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Wisdom tooth extraction is only recommended when no other treatment works.

How wisdom teeth are removed?

Your dentist at Smiles Dental Group will remove your wisdom teeth.

Before starting the procedure, your dentist will give you a local anesthesia to numb the area where the extraction will take place. You might feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed. In some cases, a cut is made is the gum, and the tooth is broken down into smaller pieces before it is removed.

So, the time to extract the wisdom tooth usually varies. Some procedures only take a few minutes, while some can take up to 20 minutes or even longer.

After the extraction, you may experience discomfort and swelling, both inside and outside your mouth. It lasts for up to 3 days, but it can last for up to 2 weeks.

Contact Smiles Dental Group for more details.