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Wisdom Teeth


Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth provided by at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth in Lake Worth, TX
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that erupt during the late teens or early twenties. They are positioned towards the back of your mouth.
These teeth are the toughest and widest among all. However, you are more likely to face issues with your wisdom teeth than with any other type of teeth inside your mouth. If you are experiencing wisdom tooth pain, at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth, experienced professionals like Dr. Guram, or Dr. Cannon and Dr. Guram and Dr. Cannon are here to help.

Wisdom Teeth Issues


There may be a problem if your mouth lacks space for wisdom teeth to grow or they emerge in the wrong direction. If your dentist detects wisdom tooth impaction, it means that the teeth are trapped beneath your gums or in your jaw.
As your wisdom teeth erupt, your dentist may be checking your mouth for the following indications:
•  Wisdom teeth growth in the wrong direction may cause food to become trapped. Plaque and tartar may form on your teeth, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
•  Wisdom teeth that fail to emerge properly can make it hard to floss in the region.
•  Partially erupted wisdom teeth can provide space for bacteria to infect the gums. This may result in swelling, pain, jaw stiffness, and gum disease.
•  Wisdom teeth that lack space to erupt through may crowd or damage surrounding teeth.
•  An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a cyst near the site. As a result, the jawbone or the roots of the surrounding teeth may get damaged.


Symptoms of Infected Wisdom Teeth


Indications of wisdom tooth infection may be different for every individual. Nevertheless, the most common signs include:
•  Pain
•  Cysts
•  Infection
•  Tumors
•  Damage to surrounding teeth
•  Tooth decay
•  Gum disease

In order to decide a treatment method, your dentist will thoroughly check your mouth and take an x-ray. Your dentist may suggest wisdom tooth removal if dental care such as braces is required.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction


When the wisdom teeth lack space to erupt or develop properly, they are said to be impacted. If you are suffering from an impacted wisdom tooth, your dentist may recommend getting it extracted.
Wisdom tooth extraction surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, after which you can go back home on the same day. Your dentist would use anesthetic drugs to induce local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia.
The procedure involves the dental surgeon making a cut in your gums and getting rid of the problematic bone. The incision is then closed using stitches and gauze is applied.
The wisdom tooth extraction surgery generally takes 30-60 minutes. If your teeth are entirely impacted and situated deep within your gums and jawbone, it may be more technical to remove them than when they are partially erupted.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery


It is usually safe to resume normal activities a few days following your surgery. It takes around six weeks for the mouth to completely heal. At first, you may be unable to open your mouth normally, so you may have to switch to a soft diet.
After surgery, there may be some pain, swelling, or bleeding. Your dentist will give you instructions for overcoming discomfort, such as using cold compresses or taking pain relievers.
Sometimes, an impacted wisdom tooth does not cause any symptoms at all. However, if you do experience troubling signs, schedule an appointment with us at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth by calling us at 682-516-3532 today.
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