Wisdom teeth are the last of the molar teeth, They appear around the age of 17 to 24 years old in some people and in some cases, never appear at all. Up to four wisdom teeth can emerge in a person, one tooth in each corner of the mouth.
While wisdom teeth arise without any problem in many people, in some cases there is less space for their growth, in these cases they are called impacted wisdom teeth. These impacted teeth can cause problems like:
Anyone who is having the problems listed above should think of removing their impacted teeth, especially those who suffer:
In some people using prescribed antibiotics brings about temporary relief from symptoms of pain. In certain cases, cutting back the gum instead of impacted teeth removal works. In majority of cases, however, impacted wisdom teeth must be removed by operation.
Most of the patients are operated upon under local anaesthesia, i.e. numbing the area around the impacted tooth/teeth. General anaesthesia is given in some cases, in hospitals mostly. After the anaesthesia casts its effect, a few simple steps are followed to remove the impacted wisdom teeth:
The patient is allowed to go home soon as the anaesthesia effect is over. In case of general anaesthesia, it takes a bit longer and someone needs to accompany the patient home and stay with him or her for 24 hours. If the patient experiences any of the following effects, he/she should contact the dentist or a hospital because these indicate infection or some other complication.
After the successful removal of impacted wisdom teeth, some mild and temporary side effects are commonly experienced. Commonly reported side-effects include:
Complications are problems occurring during or after the procedure of wisdom teeth removal. In most cases, complications do not arise. Possible complications can include:
In the case of complications, further treatment may be needed such as another operation for cessation of bleeding, or using antibiotics for treating infection.