The wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt in most individuals. They are a type of molars found at the back of the dental ridge, making them less used while chewing food. Although the wisdom teeth emerge from the jawbone socket just like any other regular tooth, they may sometimes get impacted or stuck in the jawbone due to certain complications. Such a condition can be quite painful and potentially lead to severe infection if left untreated.
What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
- Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to severe pain and discomfort when you bite or chew food, move the jaw, brush your teeth, etc.
- They can cause bleeding, discharge of pus and significantly increase the risk of developing infections
- When left untreated, the impacted tooth may come in contact with the nearby jawbone or tooth roots of the adjoining teeth, which can damage them
- The jawbone could deteriorate gradually and lead to loss of teeth
How can impacted teeth be treated?
The best way to treat an impacted tooth is by removing it completely from the jawbone socket. The dentist will consider the use of medication to restore the tooth and eliminate the infection. But, when no means of treatment proves effective, we will consider extracting it.
The dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the oral tissues before commencing with the treatment. If the tooth is still underlying the gum tissues, a small incision will be made on them, and the wisdom tooth will be exposed. Using forceps, the dentist will grip it firmly and extract it in one motion. In case the tooth is impacted in a rather awkward inclination, we may have to section it off into smaller fragments and extract them separately. After this, we will suggest suitable aftercare instructions to facilitate optimum healing of the wound and keep it from getting infected.
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