We have all experienced the irritation and discomfort a wisdom tooth can cause. Smaller the jaw, the more impact the wisdom tooth has on our dental structure. It is so common that more than 80% of people go for a wisdom tooth extraction sooner or later in their life.
What is a Wisdom Tooth?
A Wisdom Tooth is our third molar that develops between the ages of 18-25 and develops at the rear end of the upper and lower dental arch. As its one of the last teeth to appear, in most cases, the jaw doesn’t have space to accommodate it.
Alternately, the wisdom tooth can also grow at an awkward angle, causing discomfort and requires extraction.
Why do we need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
A dentist would only recommend a Wisdom Tooth extraction as a necessary treatment if he finds that the tooth is impacted duet decay or not developing correctly.
Following are some of the primary reasons that can lead to a wisdom tooth extraction:
- Pain or discomfort while eating or opening mouth
- Uneven growth
- Infection or Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Overcrowding due to the small gum area
- Complications due to bad oral health
- Damage to other closer teeth
A Wisdom Tooth can cause much grief. Connect with a Dentist today and learn more about the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
Our Approach to Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process
Considering how much the wisdom tooth has impacted or getting infected regularly, our dentist will assess your situation and advice you through the tooth extraction procedure. The wisdom tooth removal process involves taking a quick X-ray of the tooth and immediate area. Once the dentist has examined the tooth’s structure, he can predict the overall procedure. Modern-day tools and sedation techniques ensure that the process is pain-free and recovery is prompt.
The extraction process begins with administering a general anaesthetic, making it pain-free; however, in some cases, an IV sedation anaesthetic may be given. The dentist will then make several incisions around the wisdom tooth to access it easily and extract it from the root gently. Throughout the process, our dentist shall ensure that you feel comfortable and then proceed. The extraction area is then cleaned and cleared of any fragments or sections that maybe there.
The final step then is to insert incisions to close the gap using self-dissolving material to promote the natural healing process. Some people also opt for solid stitches, which are pulled out in the next follow-up treatment, ideally after a week or 10 days after the procedure.
Our dental consultant will also provide you with a written piece of advice to guide you on how to minimise discomfort after the anaesthesia wears off. To help the healing process, take care of what you eat right after the wisdom tooth extraction and stick to a soft diet for at least a day to two.