Wisdom tooth – there is almost a tinker of fear that comes with it. Children mostly are afraid of the idea. This elusive tooth has been a controversy since early times. Thus, wisdom tooth extraction is usually a feared game Doc V Lee. But with the right measures, complications can be avoided. To enlighten you, here is a short discussion about this tooth and their removal:
Why are they elusive?
They are just teeth like the rest of the teeth in your mouth. So why are they so special in a nightmarish and hateful way so as to even have a bad reputation? Well for one, a wisdom tooth is situated at the farthest end of the teeth line. As result, it may be very difficult to reach and clean with toothbrush. This is makes it prone to bacterial infection and decay. Save your worries – a wisdom tooth will most likely give you toothache days.
And because it is at the farthest end, it is also possible that your wisdom tooth might not grow properly due to lack of space. It can erupt partially or it can remain inside the gums. This can also result in pain and infection. Moreover, its position in the gums makes it difficult to extract. They are so scary right?
How are they treated/removed?
But do not fret. There is a way to take them out of your system – without much pain hopefully. To prevent a painful and potentially dangerous extraction, dentist would normally abstain from immediately removing an infected wisdom tooth especially if it is inflamed and has pus. First your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to reduce the inflammation and cure the infection partially.
Once the inflammation and pus are mostly gone, it may then be safe to extract your wisdom tooth. But to be double sure, you dentist will also take x-ray shot/s of them. This is to determine possible complications and/or hindrances to the extraction.
When to see your dentist?
You should see your doctor at the very first signs/symptoms of wisdom teeth. You might feel a numbing or an unfamiliar sensation at the end of your teeth line. You may also feel pain. If it is inflamed, this tooth should be painful to touch.
However, many people who have wisdom tooth, even when it is already decayed and/or infected, do not show any symptoms at all. Or, the symptoms might be too insignificant so as to be noticeable. In which case, it is advisable that you see your dentist regularly (about twice a month) for early detection.