An Introduction to Wisdom Teeth Removal

When people hear the term “wisdom tooth removal”, they dread the idea. For some who had undergone the procedure, they may share (well-meaning or otherwise) terrible experiences. However, it’s an important procedure especially if you’re suffering from an impacted third molar, or wisdom tooth.

Impacted wisdom teeth are the third molars that do not fully grow or erupt because of certain conditions like the blockage from another tooth. As a result, pain and inflammation may be hard to bear, especially because it may cause infection or even damage to the adjacent tooth. Often, your dentist might request for you to undergo wisdom teeth removal.

What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth are located at the farthest point back in your mouth. Generally, people develop four third molars, two on the top and two at the bottom of the jaw. Many individuals have their third molars erupt naturally. However, others might suffer from impacted wisdom teeth and this may cause serious dental health issues.

A dentist would surgically remove the impacted wisdom tooth to alleviate pain, swelling and infection. If the third molars do not fully emerge, it’s better to remove it before the roots are fully formed. This is when the patient is younger and is more likely to recover from the surgery faster.

When is It Necessary?

Wisdom teeth are removed if they cause impaction or bone damage, infection, pressure, inflammation, and pain. Also, there are many health effects of an impacted wisdom tooth like damage to the jaw and the formation of a tumor or cyst around the impacted wisdom teeth. That’s why removal of the teeth is recommended by most dentists.

How Long Will It Take for Recovery?

After the surgery, you might feel some pain and swelling in the area. Also, the incision will hurt over the next couple of days. Typically, recovery might take a week or two, depending on the age of the patient. Younger patients are expected to heal faster than older ones after wisdom teeth removal.

The exact mechanism and importance of the wisdom teeth are still unclear. However, more people are suffering from complications of their growth. As a result, wisdom teeth surgery is practiced around the world as more people suffer from impacted third molars.