Wisdom Teeth Removal
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth, or the third molars, grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through. Most people have four wisdom teeth – one in each corner. However, some people are born without them.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Special, and Why Would I Want to Remove Them?
Wisdom teeth usually emerge through the gums during the late teens or early twenties. By this time, the other 28 adult teeth are usually already in place, so there may not be enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow properly, thus causing problems. Wisdom teeth can erupt at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally, leading to the following issues:
- Remain completely hidden within the gums - If they aren't able to emerge normally, wisdom teeth become trapped (impacted) within your jaw. Sometimes this can result in infection or can cause a cyst that can damage other teeth roots or bone support.
- Emerge partially through the gums - Wisdom teeth that partially emerge create a passageway that can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infection. Because this area is hard to see, it may cause difficulty in cleaning, thus leading to tooth decay and further problems.
- Crowd nearby teeth - If wisdom teeth don't have enough room to grow properly, they may crowd or cause damage to nearby teeth.
When wisdom teeth emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge, they are known as impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to other teeth and other dental problems. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no apparent or immediate problems. But because they're hard to clean, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease than other teeth are.
Impacted wisdom teeth that cause pain or other dental complications are usually removed. Some dentists and oral surgeons also recommend the removal of impacted wisdom teeth even when they don't cause symptoms to prevent future problems.
What Can I Expect During Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Your dentist will give apply local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This is done so that you are comfortable and pain-free during the process. You will feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist needs to widen the tooth socket to ease the tooth out. In some cases, a small cut in the gum may be necessary. Your dentist will usually be able to tell during the initial consultation, so that you can be prepared. Ask your dentist if there is anything about the wisdom tooth removal process that you are unsure about.
You may experience some swelling after the removal of your wisdom tooth. Pain killers and antibiotics may be given to aid in your recovery - make sure to finish the course of antibiotics given to you. You will usually be able to brush your teeth normally after a few days. A check-up appointment may be arranged for about a week or so after the procedure. At this point, any remaining stitches (in the case of a surgery during the removal of your wisdom tooth) may be removed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Singapore - Procedures and Cost
The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn't always clear. Talk to us about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what's best for your situation today. Our team at Elements Dental is here to ensure you are taken care of throughout the whole procedure and after, so that you can get back to your daily routine as soon as possible. Contact us today to find out more. And most importantly, keep smiling!
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