WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL
Wisdom teeth are the third molars and the last set of our permanent teeth to emerge.
All of us can have up to 4 wisdom teeth in our lifetime and they are found one each in the four corners of our jaws.
They usually erupt between our later growing ages of 16 and 21.
When wisdom teeth are not aligned well, their positions may vary from horizontal, angled towards or away from the second molars, or even angled inwards or outwards.
Poorly aligned wisdom teeth crowd and even at times damage your neighbouring teeth and jawbone.
Therefore, wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are impacted and fail to fully surface in the mouth.
Partial emergence of a wisdom tooth creates an opening for bacteria to cause an infection around the tooth, which may cause pain, swelling, jaw stiffness etc.
Tooth decay and gum diseases tend to be more prevalent too due to the hard to reach locations of wisdom teeth that make brushing and flossing challenging.
The location and stage of the development of your wisdom teeth will be determined using X-rays.
A fully erupted wisdom tooth through the gum can be easily extracted as any other tooth.
However, an impacted wisdom tooth that is buried under the gums or jawbone would need gum incisions and removal done in small fragments.
Local anaesthesia (numbing), sedation or general anaesthesia (deep sleep) can be arranged for the removal depending on your general health condition and surgical considerations.
FIRST 24 HOURS POST SURGERY
- Bleeding – A small amount of bleeding post surgery may occur. Avoid rinsing your mouth rigorously. Adhere to instructions provided by your dentist on controlling bleeding
- Facial swelling – Some facial swelling may surface over the next 2 to 3 days and is a normal response as the body heals and recovers
- Facial bruising – As part of the healing process, these bruises (if any) might appear initially and will gradually subside and fade after a week or two
- Discomforts such as pain and jaw stiffness – Some pain and jaw stiffness may also be experienced post surgery. Your dentist will prescribe you with anti-inflammatory medications to relieve these discomforts
- Soft liquid diet – You are strongly encouraged to consume soft and cool meals such as porridge, noodles or even ice cream for the first few days after surgery. Gently rinse your mouth with water after meals to help keep your mouth clean
- Oral hygiene – Gentle brushing continues except on the extracted tooth/teeth site(s). Smoking should be stopped to reduce occurrence of pain, infections and poor wound healing
Like all surgeries, wisdom tooth extraction does bear some risks and complications. Our dentist will be glad to assess and discuss these concerns.