Surgical extractions of Third Molars
Wisdom tooth, also called as the third molar, usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 at the back of the upper & lower gum line. Most adults have four wisdom teeth. However, some people have more than four while others do not develop wisdom teeth at all. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop – becoming impacted in several directions to cause misalignment and malocclusion; or easily infected due to its location being hard to reach with a toothbrush, thus, many patients choose to extract them to prevent potential problems.
You must consider extraction of wisdom tooth when:
- Wisdom tooth is infected
- The infection spreads to adjacent teeth
- Adjacent gums swell and inflamed
- Teeth alignment becomes irregular and causes severe pain
- A cyst is found inside the jaw bone and causes facial asymmetry
- A jaw bone breaks or the jaw joint disorders occur due to a cyst
- That of second molar is absorbed to its root
Post Management after surgical Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The recovery period is usually longer than other extractions depending on the condition of a wisdom tooth.
“Prevention is better than cure”
Plaque, tartar and nicotine cannot be eliminated by simple brushing. Since bacteria or toxins reside in plaque or tartar they often cause cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal diseases which can lead to mobility of teeth. This can be prevented by regular dental cleaning/ scaling of the teeth once in 6 months and adopting the correct brushing technique.
Post Management after the dental cleaning
The purpose of dental cleaning is to eliminate tartar on the teeth surface which cannot be removed by regular teeth brushing. Please avoid hot or cold food for a few days after the cleaning. You may experience light bleeding, hypersensitivity, and swelling of gums. However, these symptoms will disappear in a few days. Regular dental cleaning and correct teeth brushing will give you strong, healthy gums.
How to choose the right toothbrush
- Use small headed toothbrush
- Use soft-bristled brush
- Replace it every 3 months or after you’ve had