Wisdom Teeth Management
The third molars or wisdom teeth are the last ones to erupt. This usually occurs at ages between 17 and 25 years old. Because they are the last teeth to appear, your mouth usually doesn’t have enough room for wisdom teeth.
If space is insufficient, the molar might grow at an angle that pushes against the neighbouring tooth and gums. This is then called an impacted wisdom tooth, which can cause tooth decay, gum infection and unbearable tooth pain.
Wisdom tooth removal is highly recommended once the tooth is:
- Unable to fully erupt
- Causes pain and infection
The Importance of Wisdom Tooth Removal
An infection can occur if an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed. Also, you will experience pain, stiffness in the jaw, swelling and general ill health.
An impacted wisdom tooth is hard to clean due to its location in your mouth. Once a tooth is partly covered and has a problem with eruption, it can be in danger of debris accumulating and causing a greater risk of infection.
Symptoms such as redness, pain, foul mouth odour, difficulty in opening the jaw, and other conditions related to your wisdom teeth may result in serious infection if you neglect the importance of treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Procedure
- Your dentist will evaluate if there is enough space for the teeth to grow by taking an x-ray
- Following the x-ray, your dentist will then determine if the tooth is easily removable
- A decision will be made on whether a tooth extraction should be carried out at the dental clinic or be done by another specialist, an oral surgeon.
- After the procedure, your dentist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help you recover quickly and avoid the risk of complications.
Smoking and A Wisdom Tooth Removal
After wisdom teeth surgery, it’s advisable to quit smoking for a few days as smoking can highly affect your healing process.
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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), smoking can also affect your sense of taste and smell and delay your recovery after a tooth extraction or other dental procedure.
In addition, the tar from cigarette smoke stains your teeth, causes bad breath and can discolour your tongue. The only way to remove these stains is with a professional cleaning in the dentist’s office.
Wisdom Tooth Management Consultation
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