Wisdom teeth can often lead to extreme pain and discomfort when they get impacted in the jawbone. The exact cause for impacted wisdom teeth would be determined by the dentist after a thorough diagnosis. In most cases, it would be due to heredity, where the patient would have inherited the tooth size from one parent and the jaw size from another. Although we consider treating the condition using medication, we may have to ultimately extract it to prevent further damage to the oral tissues.
What are the signs of impacted wisdom teeth?
- Extreme pain while chewing food or brushing the teeth
- Swelling and inflammation of the surrounding tissues
- Jawbone deterioration
- High risk of developing infections
- Damage to the jawbone or the adjoining tooth roots when the tooth is impacted in an inclined position
How does the dentist treat it?
We will thoroughly diagnose your oral condition to determine the severity of the impaction. The dentist will then discuss how best to treat it. Before we commence the extraction of the impacted tooth, we will administer local anesthesia near it to numb the tissues. Once the drug has taken effect, we will prepare you for the procedure.
A small incision will be made on the gums to expose the impacted tooth. If the tooth isn’t impacted in a rather tight position, we will remove it in one piece by gripping it firmly using dental forceps. But, if the majority of the tooth is stuck in the jawbone (under the gums) or if the impaction has occurred at an angle, we may have to section off the tooth into smaller fragments and remove them individually. After the extraction, we will suggest suitable treatment to enable optimum healing of the wound by prescribing medication.
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