Getting wisdom teeth removed is a common dental surgical procedure. Whether you’re a first-time patient or have had the surgery before, it’s important to be well-prepared for what to expect. In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about wisdom tooth removal surgery so that you can be as comfortable and informed as possible.
What is a wisdom tooth, and how can you tell if one is on its way?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last four teeth to erupt in your mouth. These teeth are located at each corner of the jaw, two in the top jaw(maxilla), and two at the bottom jaw (mandible) This generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom”.
Another peculiar fact about wisdom teeth is that not necessarily all four of them will erupt at the same time.
Typically patients feel pain, swelling, headaches, and heightened discomfort at the back of the jaw. In some cases, patients also have gum infections when the wisdom tooth is coming in.
Hence, we advise patients to visit a dentist immediately when they see symptoms of a wisdom tooth coming in.
What is wisdom tooth removal surgery, and why might it be necessary?
Wisdom tooth removal surgery is a dental procedure in which one or more of the wisdom teeth are removed.
The most common reason to remove wisdom teeth is that they are impacted, meaning they are trapped beneath the gum tissue and cannot erupt properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several problems, such as:
Impacted teeth can also be painful and lead to dental infections. They may also crowd or damage adjacent teeth or roots. More serious problems may occur if the impacted tooth’s sac becomes filled with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. As the cyst grows it may hollow out the jaw and permanently damage adjacent teeth, the surrounding bone, and nerves. Rarely, if a cyst is not treated, a tumor may develop from its walls and a more serious surgical procedure may be required to remove it.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal surgery to prevent future issues from developing.
How to prepare for wisdom tooth removal surgery beforehand?
As with any treatment, staying well-informed will assist you in getting the best possible results while also providing some much-needed peace of mind. Here are some recommendations that can help you prepare for surgery beforehand:
What to expect during wisdom tooth removal surgery?
Wisdom tooth removal surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the treatment area.
Once you’re numb, an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the wisdom tooth and the bone surrounding it. The wisdom tooth may then be extracted either in one piece or broken into smaller pieces.
At Pandit Clinic, we use a piezoelectric surgical device that is helpful in more complex cases of wisdom teeth removal. Extracting these teeth is sometimes extremely challenging and may result in unwanted nerve damage. In such times a piezoelectric device is the best tool to make this procedure successful with minimal or no complications.
After the tooth has been removed, the oral surgeon will clean the area and close the incision with stitches. A gauze pack will be placed over the surgical site to help stop the bleeding. You can just hold the pack gently and not chew it.
What to expect after wisdom tooth removal surgery?
After wisdom tooth removal surgery, it’s normal to experience some swelling and discomfort. Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to manage these symptoms. There are a few things you can do at home to help speed up your recovery:
Are there any risks or complications associated with wisdom tooth removal surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications associated with wisdom tooth removal surgery. However, these are usually minor and can be easily managed by your oral surgeon. Some of the common risks and complications include:
Here is how you can take care of the clot that will help heal your wound faster:
Benefits of wisdom tooth removal surgery
There are many benefits to having wisdom tooth removal surgery. Some of the more common benefits include:
Successful Results of Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery by Dr. Vikram Pandit:
Thank you for reading this blog!
We hope it helped to grow your understanding of wisdom tooth removal surgery.
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This blog was first posted on June 15, 2020, and updated on August 25, 2022.