Many of us have heard of the painful stories behind every wisdom teeth removal.
But what most of don’t know is that the procedure is not that painful at all.
Wisdom teeth removal is a surgery where the teeth that grow at the very back of your mouth are removed to avoid oral problems.
Wisdom teeth – the third molars at the very back of the mouth – sometimes grow awkwardly or horizontally, leaving your gums feeling uncomfortable and can lead to serious gum diseases.
This is caused because the jaw does not have enough space to let the teeth grow and leave the gum feeling painful, dull and.
So how do you know if you should have your wisdom teeth removed? Better yet, how do you know if you have wisdom teeth?
You’ll know that you have wisdom teeth when you feel a dull, throbbing pain in the back of the jaw and the feeling of pressure on your gums, which causes a lot of people to abruptly stop doing what they are doing since the pain sometimes can be overwhelming. By referring to your dentist during your check-up, you can then know whether you need surgery or not.
Some people don’t need surgery as their wisdom teeth do not even erupt from their gums but when some do, dentists will require you to have surgery to have it removed.
Removing your wisdom teeth actually helps you to prevent crowding of the back teeth which can stop you from flossing well between the teeth, having it stuck in your jaw permanently because there is no room for the teeth to properly grow and lead to gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom teeth, which leads to having it harder to clean.
While some people only have to remove their wisdom teeth once, there have been cases where the patient requires having it removed twice because they have more than one molar in the gum in the area. A panoramic x-ray helps your dentist to identify how many wisdom teeth you have so they can prepare you in case you should need to have another surgery.
The procedure consists of the dentist giving you a local anaesthetic that helps numb the gum though it can sometimes make you sleep during the surgery or keep you awake. The gum tissue over the teeth will be removed and any bone that it will be taken out. Next the tissue connecting the teeth to the bone will be separated and the tooth will then be removed.
Sometimes the teeth will be cut into a smaller piece so it can easily be removed. A strict care procedure should be followed so the socket where your tooth was before will not get infected.
You should avoid any sugary or solid foods for the early stages of healing. Rubbing the wounded area with your tongue or touching it with your finger should be avoided, and brush your teeth and tongue carefully so it does not irritate it more. And lastly, be sure to consume any medications accordingly and follow up with your dentist if you have any problems.