When the pain gets too severe, you may be sorely tempted to consider wisdom teeth removal. In this article, we’ll look at the positives and negatives concerning wisdom teeth extraction.
Wisdom teeth – a living hell for many.
Sometimes people get their wisdom teeth (third molars) in their mid to late teens. Others may be well into their twenties before these four final molars start to make their presence felt.
Some people are lucky, and they experience no problems with their third molars, but it can be a hellishly different story for many people.
The term impacted wisdom teeth describes a variety of scenarios where wisdom teeth emerge at an incorrect angle, frequently causing severe pain for the person concerned.
Sometimes, the trouble irons itself out over time, but cases, where the pain is consistent and unbearable, are likely to place wisdom tooth extraction on the agenda. Depending on the nature of the problem, wisdom tooth removal can be a relatively easy procedure or a rather difficult one.
It should also be noted that the removal of wisdom teeth is sometimes necessitated because of tooth decay. This is not uncommon. The typical reason for it is that the wisdom teeth are somewhat inaccessible and so they sometimes miss out on getting cleaned as thoroughly as teeth nearer the front of the mouth.
Generally speaking, wisdom teeth extraction is not something to be afraid of. Most extractions can be performed as easily as any other tooth extraction. However, it should be mentioned that some impacted wisdom teeth can present a greater challenge to the dentist.
In some cases, it may be necessary for the dentist to remove some bone as well. This is likely to make the procedure lengthier, but there is no reason to be scared of it.
Your dentist should explain to you what the procedure involves before getting to work with the drill and pliers, which should go some way towards relaxing you. It is not in the interests of your dentist to allow you to stew in your own juice in the chair.
Issues with extraction
When any tooth is extracted, there will be some bleeding, but this is likely to be more noticeable with wisdom teeth. It is common for some bleeding to occur for up to three days after the extraction of a wisdom tooth; therefore, you should not be alarmed if you experience such symptoms. On the flip side, if bleeding persists for longer than that, you should not hesitate to seek the advice of your dentist.
A second problem associated with wisdom tooth removal is something called trismus. This is where patients find themselves unable to open their mouths to the full extent. Usually, this problem solves itself in a matter of days.
Patients who have had wisdom teeth taken out may also fall victim to a “dry socket”. This is a problem where pain erupts in the area formerly occupied by the tooth. Once again, this typically fades with time.