What’s with your wisdom tooth?
Have you wondered why the wisdom tooth is so called? Here you go: It is a known fact that tooth development happens in an organized manner with each set of tooth erupting at a particular age, followed by their fall making way for the next set. The wisdom tooth actually begins to form around the age of 10, but they rise to the surface around the age of 18 – 26. This time period is associated with the attainment of wisdom hence it is called the wisdom tooth.
While some of them acquire one tooth there are others with up to 4. The more the no. the more is the pain associated with the eruption and removal. It’s interesting to know that some people do not develop even a single wisdom tooth in their lifetime (does it mean they are not wise enough?).
There are some fortunate ones whose wisdom teeth serve just like the rest of the teeth and hence they don’t have to go through that excruciating pain of removal. But for those who need a surgery yes it means you’re going to be seen hanging around with Mr. Dentist soon.
How to get rid of your wisdom tooth?
Pain is an inevitable part of the extraction procedure. Any infection, nerve damage in the depression caused by the removal of the teeth could give rise to post surgery pain. To relieve you from the pain your Mr. Dentist could prescribe you oral or topical medicines depending on the condition.
In some cases the pain may become noticeable only weeks after the extraction surgery often causing numbness in the jaw, gradually spreading to the cheeks and the ear. Though the pain is tentative it calls for immediate medical attention.
When to remove your wisdom tooth?
If your wisdom tooth has begun troubling you, it’s best to get rid of it as early as possible. It is recommended to have them removed when the roots are not fully formed that is just before you turn into an adult. It may be noted that those who have had the extraction done post 35 years of age experience severe complications during and post surgeries.
How does the wisdom teeth removal happen?
At the start of the surgery usually a local anesthesia is injected to the area of tooth removal to cause numbness. If more no. of wisdom teeth needs to be removed in one go then a general anesthesia may be given. Following the injection you will be asleep throughout the surgery. This may require you to have an empty stomach to make the anesthesia work effectively.
To begin with, the tissue surrounding the bone that is holding the tooth is opened up and removed followed by the removal of the tooth. After the removal the gums around that region are stitched up usually with the dissolvable type thread. This may be accompanied with bleeding.
What care needs to be taken post surgery?
- The dentist upon the wisdom teeth removal will leave a gauze pad in the area of surgery which needs to be replaced periodically. Bite on it gently.
- The bleeding is known to last for about 24 hours usually.
Place an ice pack on the outer cheek immediately after the surgery for a day.
- Just relax and avoid talking as this may cause more bleeding.
- To begin with avoid solid foods and stick to softer ones like soup, gelatin etc.
- On the second day onwards wash your mouth with warm salt water to give relief.
- Don’t touch the area of surgery with your tongue.
- And of course you need to forgo your companion if you’re a smoker for at least 2 days
- Despite the pain remember you need to brush regularly to avoid the “STINK”
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