A wisdom tooth is a normal, healthy tooth that is present in our mouth. It is the third set of molars that are located at the back of the mouth. They are the last set of teeth to erupt from the jaw. A person reaches adulthood when their last molars come out. Hence, the age at which a person's wisdom teeth erupt is termed the 'Wisdom Teeth Period.' As a disclaimer, Dr. Kak is a general dentist with specialized training in Orthodontics. She is not a licensed Oral Surgeon.
What are the causes of Wisdom Teeth complications?
When a person's wisdom teeth have not erupted properly or when they do not have enough space in the jawbone to grow, they can cause various complications. The most common cause of complications due to the presence of wisdom teeth is tooth decay or dental cavities. The microbes present in their mouths cause decay in the soft tissues and the enamel of teeth.
Another complication is when a person's wisdom tooth grows in an abnormal way. It can get infected, causing an oral infection. A person can also experience pain and discomfort while biting and chewing food. If a person ignores these complications, then they can cause more serious issues.
What are the stages of Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
A patient has to undergo a thorough examination by our dentist before any operation. Our dentist will carefully observe your oral cavity and check for any signs of infection or complications. If you show no signs of infection or complications, we can move on to the next step.
We will perform the procedure under the influence of sedation. Once you are sedated, our dentist will use a laser to cut through your gums, extract your tooth, and suture your wound using dental adhesives. It is one of the most effective dental procedures that we perform at our clinic. We will also provide you with instructions on how to care for your wound after extracting your tooth.
How do I recover from Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
- Do not consume hot or cold food for at least 24-48 hours after your extraction.
- You may also experience pain and discomfort in your jawbone and gums due to which you may feel nauseous or vomiting.
- You may also experience sensitivity in your tooth after extraction.
- You will be provided with over-the-counter pain medication to relieve your pain and discomfort.
- You may have to come for a follow-up treatment to check for signs of infection or bleeding after your operation.
- Take good care of your wound by cleaning it with salt water and applying an antibiotic ointment on it twice a day as suggested by our dentist.
- Avoid consuming alcohol and smoking as they may increase your chances of getting infections in your wound.
Please reach out to our dental practice at (630) 364-2554 or schedule an appointment online with Dentist in Naperville IL, so we can guide you further.