What are Wisdom Teeth and Should I Get Mine Out?

Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures being carried out, across the country. The dental healthcare family at Epsili dental provides great services to patients for wisdom tooth extraction and other dental problems.

What is a wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth usually refer to the third and final set of molars that people get in their late teens or early twenties. They usually appear at the age of 20 to 25. These teeth could be a healthy and valuable asset to the mouth, if properly aligned. However, they usually end up being misaligned and cause pain, discomfort and a host of other problems.

The wisdom of extracting third molars:

By the time the wisdom teeth are out, the jaw is adjusted in such a manner that there is no space left for the new teeth. This results in ‘impaction’, wherein the tooth emerges at an abnormal angle and causes pain. The impacted tooth needs to be removed, in order to prevent infection and other issues.

When should I get mine out?

The need for removal arises only if the tooth is impacted or is abnormal. The impacted tooth, if infected, damages other teeth and gums. Impacted wisdom teeth do not always show symptoms. However, few common things to look out for are:

  • Red or swollen gums.
  • Tender or bleeding gums.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Swelling around the jaw.
  • Difficulty opening your mouth.

What are the risks?

The risks in removal are:

  • Alveolar osteitis (dry socket)
  • Nerve damage (paresthesia)
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)
  • Temporary swelling and pain

‘Knocked out’ or ‘in the chair’?

After taking a look at the teeth and X-rays, the dentists give you the option to go for either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Under general anesthesia, the patient is put to sleep using an anesthetic and the surgery is performed. Whereas, local anesthesia involves the administration of dental injections to numb the tooth, after which, the procedure is performed. Visit the professionals at Epsili Dental today, to know more about the procedure suited for you.

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