Which Is The Best Way To Treat Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Posted on 10/10/2022 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Wisdom teeth grow at the very back of the jaw. Usually, they emerge between the ages of 15-25. However, if you do not have enough space in your jaw, the wisdom teeth may end up impacted. This condition can lead to complications such as teeth or gum infection, overcrowding of teeth, teeth decay, and issues with bite alignment. Due to this, it is good to see a dentist as soon as you notice that your wisdom teeth are growing at the wrong angle.
The Best Treatment for Impacted Teeth
In most cases, your oral surgeon may recommend extraction of the impacted wisdom teeth. This is usually needed if the impacted wisdom teeth are causing damage to the neighboring teeth. Also, the surgeon may suggest extraction if there are tumors, infections, or gum diseases. This surgical removal is an outpatient procedure. This means that you will only need one appointment to have the whole process complete.
Depending on the location of the impacted wisdom teeth, the entire process may take 30 minutes to one hour. During the surgery, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon may introduce sedation or local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Incisions will then be made in your gums, and any bone that blocks the roots of the impacted tooth will be removed. After the extraction, the surgeon stitches the wound and closes the empty socket with gauze.
Recovering From the Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
It's normal to experience swelling, pain, and bleeding after the surgery. You may also have trouble opening your mouth wide because of the swelling of jaw muscles. The good thing is that the surgeon will prescribe medication to manage the pain. You will also get instructions on how to care for the wound. For instance, the surgeon might suggest cold compresses to reduce swelling.
You can return to normal activities a few days after the surgery. However, complete healing may take 2-4 weeks. Our team will help you with all your impacted wisdom teeth needs.
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