Dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth, fracture of facial bones, cleft lip, and sleep apnea often require advance dental care and treatment. At Floss Dental a team of experts offer regular consultations to fully prepare for you oral surgery and ensure that you remain comfortable both during and after the procedure.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are last in line in the back of the mouth and are usually the last teeth to develop, usually during late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth can erupt smoothly, in which case they do not require extraction. However, in case they do not erupt properly or are impacted, they would require extraction.
Do I need a wisdom teeth extraction?
It is not necessary to remove wisdom teeth unless they are causing you problems or are painful. You dentist may recommend extraction is they are impacted, causing crowding, or erupting at the wrong angle which can damage adjacent tooth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need a wisdom teeth extraction:
· Pain behind molar
· Jaw pain and stiffness
· Difficulty in chewing
· Redness, swelling, or tenderness
What is the procedure of a wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure performed under local anesthesia to minimize any pain felt during extraction. If your tooth is fully erupted, the procedure is much simpler. However, an impacted wisdom tooth will require an incision in the gums and the tooth is then extricated in parts.
What am I expected to do after my treatment?
As with any surgery, there may be some residual bleeding, swelling, and bruising for the first few days. Your dentist will prescribe the necessary medication to keep any post-operative pain you might experience in check. You should also avoid rinsing your mouth, and brushing around the extracted tooth until the next day.
It is also advisable to restrict to a liquid diet (avoid the use of a straw) for the first few days and limit chewing food as much as possible.