Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” located at the back of the mouth with up to two at the top and two at the bottom. It should be noted that not everyone will have four wisdom teeth and the usual age range these teeth tend to develop is within the 17 to 25-year bracket.
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The Facts About Wisdom Teeth Removal
More often than naught many adults will have their wisdom teeth removed for any number of reasons. Here are some situations where this procedure would be warranted:
Impacted Wisdom Teeth – These occur when one or more of the wisdom teeth are stuck against one`s jaw or against other teeth due to the patient’s jaw not being big enough (in most cases.)
Where the Wisdom tooth is out at an angle causing decay and bacteria to build up in the surrounding teeth that have been damaged in the process.
You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss making your Wisdom Teeth more susceptible to decay.
When you get Pericoronitis which is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding a partially erupted wisdom tooth (a tooth that has not fully come out from the gum.)This is mostly experienced by young adults.
Before Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Before doing such a procedure you can talk to our resident expert who will talk you through the process and gather information from you such as:
Possible health conditions you currently have that may affect the process
Any prescribed medications may currently be on
Any fears or misconceptions you may have about the procedure
What type of anesthetic you are comfortable with (usually a choice between Local, General or sedation) and
Providing you with an estimate with regards to the time you will need to recover from the operation.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Your dentist or oral surgeon in Dubai will probably prescribe you painkillers to relieve the pain as you may have swelling and mild discomfort for 3 or so days. Overall your mouth may need a few weeks to completely heal.
Here are some tips to assist in your recovery:
What you should do:
Reduce the pain around the affected area by consuming cold foods and fluids.
Try to gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw.
Drink plenty of fluids.
When rinsing out your mouth do so gently preferably with Saltwater.
A few things to look out for:
Don’t drink through a straw as sucking may loosen the blood clots that are helping your mouth to heal.
Smoking can slow down your healing process so try to avoid doing it during this time.
Do not brush too hard around the affected area.
Taking painkillers containing acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), such as aspirin are not recommended since they can prolong the healing process.