Dr. Deepali Patil

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure in which one or more wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are removed from the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Due to various reasons, many people require wisdom tooth extraction. Here is some information about wisdom tooth extraction:

Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Extraction:

  1. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When there is insufficient space in the mouth, wisdom teeth may not fully emerge from the gums and become impacted (partially or completely trapped in the jawbone). Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and an increased risk of infection.

  1. Crowding: Wisdom teeth can cause crowding in the mouth, pushing other teeth out of alignment, which may affect the bite and cause dental issues.
  2. Tooth Decay: Wisdom teeth are challenging to clean properly due to their location at the back of the mouth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities.
  3. Gum Disease: Wisdom teeth can be difficult to reach and clean effectively, leading to an increased risk of gum disease.

  4. Cysts or Tumors: In some cases, cysts or tumors may form around impacted wisdom teeth, causing damage to the jawbone and adjacent teeth.

The Extraction Procedure:
  • Wisdom tooth extraction is typically performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. The procedure can be done using local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the extraction and the patient’s comfort level.
  1. Incision and Tissue Removal: If the wisdom tooth is impacted, the dentist may need to make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth.

  2. Tooth Removal: The dentist or oral surgeon will carefully loosen the tooth from its socket and extract it. In some cases, the tooth may need to be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal.

  3. Stitches (if necessary): After the extraction, the dentist may use stitches to close the incision and promote proper healing.

  4. Gauze Placement: Gauze is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding, and the patient will be given instructions on post-operative care.

Recovery and Aftercare:
  • The recovery period after wisdom tooth extraction varies, but most people can resume normal activities within a few days. Here are some aftercare tips:
  1. Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended to manage discomfort and swelling.

  2. Bite Down on Gauze: Bite down gently on the gauze for the first hour or two after the extraction to control bleeding.

  3. Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the cheek can help reduce swelling and discomfort.

  4. Soft Diet: Stick to soft foods and avoid hard, chewy, or spicy foods that may irritate the extraction site.

  5. Avoid Certain Activities: Avoid vigorous rinsing, sucking through a straw, and smoking, as these can disrupt the healing process.

  6. Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene but avoid brushing near the extraction site for the first day.