Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure. It is typically performed on patients between the ages of 17 and 25. The procedure is usually performed by an oral surgeon and can be done under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia.
The most common reason for wisdom teeth extraction is because they are impacted, meaning they are growing in at an angle and are pressing against other teeth. This can cause pain, crowding, and damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth that are not removed can also become infected, which can lead to serious health problems.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively simple procedure. The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and then remove the wisdom tooth. The area will be stitched up and you will be given a gauze pad to bite on to control bleeding.
After the procedure, you will likely experience some pain and swelling. This is normal and will resolve itself within a few days. You will be given pain medication to help with any discomfort. It is important to keep the area clean and to follow all of the oral surgeon’s instructions for care.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common and safe procedure. It is important to talk to your oral surgeon about any concerns you may have before the procedure.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of your mouth. They’re called “wisdom teeth” because they usually come in during your late teens or early twenties when you’re supposed to be gaining wisdom.
For a lot of people, wisdom teeth don’t cause any problems. They come in without any pain or crowding. But for others, wisdom teeth can be a real pain—literally. They may come in crooked, or they may get stuck (impacted) in your jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. They can also damage nearby teeth.
If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend that you have them removed. Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures.
What happens if you don’t remove wisdom teeth?
If you don’t remove wisdom teeth, they can crowd or damage other teeth, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. They can also cause pain and infection. Impacted wisdom teeth that grow at an angle and push against other teeth can be especially problematic.
Can wisdom teeth grow back?
It’s unlikely that your wisdom teeth will grow back once they’ve been removed, but it is possible. If your wisdom teeth have been removed and you think they’re growing back, contact your dentist. They can determine if what you’re experiencing is actually regrowth or something else, like an impacted tooth.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of your mouth. They’re the last teeth to come in, and they usually appear in your late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth can cause problems if they don’t come in properly or if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for them. If this happens, your dentist may recommend that they be removed.
Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, your dentist will take X-rays periodically to make sure that they don’t start growing back. In most cases, wisdom teeth that have been removed will not grow back. However, there have been rare reports of wisdom teeth growing back after they’ve been removed.
If your wisdom teeth do start to grow back, it’s important to contact your dentist right away. They may recommend that the teeth be removed again. In some cases, wisdom teeth that grow back can become infected. If this happens, you may need antibiotics or surgery to treat the infection.
It’s unlikely that your wisdom teeth will grow back, but monitoring them after they’ve been removed is important. If you think your wisdom teeth are growing back, contact your dentist so they can determine if they need to be removed again.
How do I get rid of wisdom tooth pain?
There are a few things that can cause wisdom tooth pain:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: This means your wisdom teeth are trying to come in but there isn’t enough room, so they get stuck and can’t fully erupt. This can cause pain, swelling, and infection.
- Cavities: If your wisdom teeth come in and there is a cavity on the tooth, this can cause pain.
- Gum Disease: If you have gum disease, this can cause your wisdom teeth to become irritated and painful.
Here are a few things you can do to help ease wisdom tooth pain:
Take over-the-counter pain medication: Ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
Rinse with salt water: Mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water can help reduce swelling and pain.
Apply a cold compress: Applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek for 10-15 minutes can also help reduce pain and swelling.
If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain, it’s best to see your dentist find out the cause and determine the best treatment course.
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