Wisdom teeth are typically the last teeth that erupt in the mouth, also known as third molars, in the back of your mouth. Generally, wisdom tooth eruption proceeds between the ages of 17 and 26. Particularly, the “Age of Wisdom” refers to this time. When there is a shortage of space in the dental arch, and its growing and eruption are blocked by overlying gum, bone, or another tooth, wisdom teeth become impacted. So there is a need for wisdom teeth removal.
At first, dentists usually see wisdom teeth on dental x-rays during routine appointments with dentists. In general, your dental team can discover them before you know they’re starting to work their way to the surface. Also, wisdom teeth removal is when your dentist can most likely tell if there’s a need to remove them. Accordingly, the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons will often recommend the removal of wisdom teeth in a young adult. Since the risks of removing wisdom teeth significantly increase with age. Furthermore, dentists need to extract wisdom teeth for several reasons, which are divided into surgical and non-surgical:
The most significant reason for most wisdom teeth removal is that there’s not sufficient space in the mouth for these new teeth. In detail, your dental x-rays will show your dentist whether or not there will be adequate space for your wisdom teeth. However, if your mouth doesn’t have adequate room and you haven’t removed your wisdom teeth, it can lead to crooked teeth, overcrowding, or even an impaction. In fact, having impacted wisdom teeth essentially means that the teeth are stuck in your bone below the gum line. Surprisingly, overcrowded teeth can be very painful and boost the risk of infection.
Wisdom teeth might get infected because they’re tougher to clean. For example, foods and bacteria can get stuck between the tooth and the gums. The space in the middle of your wisdom teeth and the back of your mouth can easily skip when brushing and flossing. Furthermore, an affected wisdom tooth may not correctly pop up through your gums. In addition, it may partly emerge, develop completely sideways or grow at an angle. A partly impacted wisdom tooth has a higher chance of infection because of its form and angle, making decay more possible. Additionally, a cavity or tooth infection happens when an overgrowth of bacteria makes holes in the outer, hard enamel layer.
Also, a stuck wisdom tooth can cause diseases that don’t spread to other people. When teeth get stuck in the jawbone, cysts, which are like fluid-filled balloons, form inside the jawbone. They grow slowly and destroy the jawbone and sometimes even the teeth around them. In fact, it can’t be easy to treat if you didn’t have wisdom teeth extraction when you were a teen. Even though they are rare, tumours and waiting too long to get your wisdom teeth out are sometimes relatable.
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If the tooth hasn’t popped up through the gum, an incision (small cut) will be made in the gum to access it. Also, dentists will remove a small part of the bone covering the tooth. Then, the tooth shrinks into smaller parts to make it easier to remove through the opening. However, making an incision might not be necessary if the tooth has come out of the gum.
Generally, you’ll experience some pressure shortly before the dentist removes your tooth. However, your oral surgeon or dentist must widen the tooth socket by rocking it back and forth before taking it out. Generally, you shouldn’t feel pain when your wisdom teeth are removed because anesthesia will numb the area. But, if you do feel pain during the procedure, tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anesthetic.
Basically, the time it takes for a wisdom tooth extraction will vary. Simple procedures might take a few minutes, but it could take a few hours for complicated operations. Overall, the whole procedure will be like an hour, but it depends on the type of numbing agent used, how complicated the surgery is, and why you need wisdom teeth removal.
For the first few days, get as much rest as you can. In fact, taking a break helps your body relax, which makes you feel better quickly. But you can’t do anything too hard for 48 to 72 hours. As it could break up the blood clots in places where surgery has been done and cause pain and bleeding to come back.
Put an ice pack or cold compress on your face to help reduce pain and swelling. Keep the surgical sites clean by gently soaking them in an antimicrobial mouthwash and rinsing your mouth with cold, salty water. Don’t swish too hard, because it can break up blood clots and lead to dry sockets. You can also brush your other teeth as usual, but be careful.
Take all of your medicines, including painkillers and antibiotics, because the area around the wisdom tooth may infect. Also, if you need to smoke after taking out your wisdom teeth, you should wait at least three days. It will let the socket recover a little bit and lower your chances of complications.
In general, complete healing should take between one and two weeks. After that, you should be able to go back to work or school in about three to four days. But the time it takes to heal depends on many things, such as how strong your body is, how many teeth they were, and how the teeth are coming in or causing problems. The longer it takes to get better, the harder the teeth are to remove. If you have dry sockets, you’ll need to go to the dentist. Expect it to take a few weeks to heal after treatment fully.
The most important thing you must consider after wisdom teeth extraction is what to eat. It must be nutritious but light and easy to chew. In fact, vanilla ice cream is the best option to stop bleeding. And this list of foods is suggested for your treatment period.
Basically, the cost of removing a wisdom tooth depends on how bad the tooth is, whether or not it needs surgery, how many teeth need removing, and how hard the surgery is. But we try to keep prices low all the time.
If you think you need a check-up for your teeth or are unsure about your wisdom teeth, contact SkyRise Dental Office in Thornhill, Ontario, to book an appointment with our dentist. Our team schedule a meeting as soon as possible. Indeed, our goal is to bring shine to your smile.
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