The wisdom teeth are located on the back on the mouth. They are last teeth to grow. Impacted wisdom tooth is a common problem among the people. The tooth is either wholly or partially stuck on the gum.
Most of the people find it a challenge to clean the wisdom teeth. As a result food can get trapped in them. The bacteria will then cause inflammation that will increase the pressure, swelling, and itching around the tooth. When you are chewing food, the opposite wisdom tooth will aggravate the swallow area which is likely to irritate the gum. Other problems that are associate with impacted wisdom tooth is the cavities, decay, difficulty in flossing, gum disease, and crowding of the nearby tooth. Due to these complications, the dentist will recommend immediate treatment even you are not showing any symptoms.
Two primary methods are used by the dentist in the diagnosis of the impacted wisdom tooth. The dentist will start by physical examining the tooth. X-ray is the next that shall be done. Through the x-ray examination, the dentist will be able to determine whether the tooth is impacted or it is the bone that is damaged. If it is proven that you have an impacted tooth, the dentist is going to recommend the best treatment.
Surgery is the most common treatment option for the impacted teeth. It shall take less time to get the operation done; it will be an outpatient operation, and you will go home after the operation. Depending on the judgment of the oral surgeon, you can either receive sedation anesthesia, local anesthesia, or the general anesthesia. The impacted wisdom tooth will be dealt with by the doctor cutting the gum and then removing some part of the bone that is causing the problem. The incision will then be closed using stitches, and then the gauze used to pack the space. The procedure will take approximately 45 minutes.
It is vital to note that oral surgeons who are experienced can deal with the problem without cutting the gum; however, they need to have the right equipment. The procedure is expensive but has many beneficial; a patient will not experience post-operation symptoms such as nerve damage, pain, and swelling on the part that is operated. The procedure works by utilizing a very sharp and thin device to dig through the periodontal ligament. On this page, you will get more information on this treatment option where a tooth is removed without an operation being done.
It will take roughly about six weeks for the wound to completely heal. Few days after the procedure; you can get back to the normal activities. Following the doctor’s advice about taking pain killers, managing discomfort, and using the cold compression.