Wisdom teeth constitute the last set of molars to emerge. They usually erupt at the end of a person's teenage, which gives them the name. Ideally, the wisdom teeth erupt without any hassle, just like any other tooth. But, due to certain complications, they could get 'stuck' in the jawbone, which leads to a complicated and painful condition. Hence, it is best to get the impacted teeth extracted to avoid further complications.
Why should impacted wisdom teeth be removed?
We have four wisdom teeth in total, two on either side of the upper and the lower jawbones. Impaction happening to all the teeth is very rare, and in most cases, either one or two teeth may be impacted. The most significant disadvantage is the pain, which is usually severe. It could induce headaches and pain in the neck, jaws, and shoulders as well. What's more, upsetting is that it could lead to the formation of cysts and tumors around it. With the build-up of bacteria, the chances of developing cavities and gum diseases are higher. This makes removing an impacted wisdom tooth essential to save oneself from enduring severe pain and developing infections.
Types of impacted wisdom teeth
Soft tissue impaction: The impacted tooth remains almost entirely under the gums. Removing the tooth would be challenging as it is completely embedded in the jawbone. Even brushing around the tooth would feel highly painful, let alone chewing food.
Partial impaction: The tooth would be partially erupted and partially under the gum line. There could be a release of pus and bleeding from the gums near the tooth.
Complete bony impaction: The wisdom tooth would erupt almost fully, but still cause immense pain.
Treatment of impacted wisdom teeth
Our team of dental experts will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the impacted tooth, which helps us understand the condition's severity. We may have to take dental x-rays and scans to check its effect on the jawbone and the underlying tissues.
During the extraction, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tooth and the adjoining gums and prevent discomfort. The tooth will be gripped firmly using dental forceps and shaken to loosen it from the socket. Once it's loose enough, it will be extracted entirely in one go. In case the tooth is stuck, and the extraction becomes complicated, we may have to cut the tooth and remove it in sections. After the surgery, care must be taken not to harm the extraction site. Hot and spicy foods should be avoided altogether, and it is best if you stick to a liquid diet.
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