9 Most FAQ’s regarding Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth also called third molars are located at the very back of the mouth. They are the last teeth to grow in the mouth. If wisdom teeth are properly aligned and healthy then they are the valuable asset to mouth but if that is not the case then extraction is the only way left to avoid damage to neighboring teeth, nerves and jawbones.
There are so many questions in a person’s mind before going for wisdom tooth extraction. Some of the most common among them are:
- Why are they called as ‘wisdom teeth’?
Wisdom teeth are called so because they come at the age of 17 to 25 that is quite old to have gained enough wisdom.
2. How to know if a person need wisdom tooth extraction or not?
An expert evaluation by dentist is the only way to know if the wisdom teeth requires removal or not. Dentist will advise to get regular check-ups and X-ray examinations, to know the proper condition and position of wisdom teeth.
3. What kinds of problems are faced by people when wisdom teeth are growing?
Problems vary from person to person. Some people experience infections, inflammation or pressure pain in the growing phase of wisdom teeth while others may not experience any symptoms at all.
4. Why are they removed?
There are only 10% of chances that they will grow in proper position. However in most of the cases people have impacted teeth and the space left for wisdom teeth to grow is not sufficient to grow into proper position. Impacted wisdom teeth lead to pain, crowding, swelling, infections, irritations and decay of other teeth. So it is advised to get them extracted.
5. What is an ideal age for wisdom tooth removal?
It is commonly removed in the age of 17 it is because at this age the roots are not fully developed. The best way to know the depth of root is to get an X-ray examination. Wisdom teeth can become a problem in any age after teenage. The complication factor increases with age so it is generally recommended to get it removed between late teens to early twenties.
6. How is extraction done?
This surgery is much more comfortable now than before as local anesthetics and IV sedation are given to make the surgery experience memory-free and painless. Gums are gently pushed aside with an incision on the numb area. It exposes the wisdom tooth and makes it easy to extract it. For quick healing, gums are closed with stiches. In most of the cases tooth is removed in a one single piece but in some cases to make the extraction easy, tooth can be removed in two pieces. This is done in order to delimit the risk and complications associated with underlying nerve.
7. Is the extraction painful?
One is unaware of surgery experience and pain with local anesthetics and IV sedation. It is now a much more comfortable surgery than it was earlier with these sedatives.
8. How long does the recovery time take?
It takes three weeks to close the gums and heals-up completely. Soreness and swelling can last for many days after extraction.
9. What should be consumed after surgery?
Soft and cold food products are good to go with after extraction. Ice-creams and shakes are ideal to consume as they are soft and cold which helps in faster healing, reducing swelling and relieving pain.
If the wisdom tooth is not impacted and has to be kept then it should be cleaned carefully on daily basis. Wisdom tooth extraction is a decision to be made with an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Shahin Safarian is an expert in performing wisdom tooth extraction surgery.