Wisdom teeth pain and symptomsWisdom teeth removal Wisdom teeth are the ones that arise later on in life. Many a time, they do not cause any symptoms but in some cases they can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain to the patient. In such cases, the removal of the tooth may be required. In this article, we shall briefly review Wisdom teeth, removal of them along with the different symptoms that patients may experience when the teeth are erupting.
Wisdom teeth painWisdom teeth are the third molars in our mouth. They tend to appear in the late teens and sometimes in the early 20s. Unfortunately, this is a time when most the teeth have already grown to the adult size and there is no more room for additional teeth. When this happens, the emerging Wisdom teeth can press upon the pre-existing molars and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, usually called Wisdom teeth pain. In addition, bacteria may start to grow in the small gaps that exist between the wisdom teeth and the molars. This can result in gum disease and even tooth decay which warrants immediate treatment.
Pain occurs primarily when the wisdom teeth are impacted or there is an underlying infection. It can be rather excruciating and patients can become extremely restless. Many a time, over-the-counter analgesics such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents may help. Wisdom teeth symptoms are annoying and are an extremely common reason why people seek dental attention.
Wisdom teeth removal
Removal of Wisdom teeth is a fairly straightforward procedure. The dentist will administer a local anaesthetic injection in the area surrounding the erupting wisdom tooth in order to numb it completely. Following this, the wisdom tooth is grabbed with a special device and is removed from its socket. Patients are rarely experienced pain but may experience a great deal of pressure in the area. In some cases, the wisdom tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces using special dental devices to enable easier removal of the tooth.
The removal of a wisdom tooth takes anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes to perform. The procedure is safe and effective and is only performed in those patients who are experiencing symptoms from the wisdom tooth. In the event that patients have no symptoms whatsoever from the erupting wisdom tooth, there is no particular benefit of having this procedure done.
The extraction must be done with care. Primarily, any patient who is on blood thinning medication such as aspirin, clopidogrel or warfarin must stop these medications before the procedure is performed. Of course, this must be done so on advice of the dentist or a medical physician.
After the surgery, patients may experience a small amount of pain and swelling in the area. This can be treated with anti-inflammatory pain medication. In most patients, the pain can last for a few days and in some cases can last up to 2 weeks.