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When Wisdom Teeth Are a Pain

man with toothacheWisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt, often not until the person is in their 20s. If there isn’t enough room, they can be impacted, which causes pain. The person will then need to undergo tooth extraction.

Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the last four grinding teeth at the back of the mouth. Unlike the other adult teeth, they don’t erupt until the late teens to mid-twenties, and that is what gives them their name.

Due to their late arrival, there might not be enough space for them to come through properly. They can get stuck halfway through the gum, causing pain and discomfort. Swelling and infection can also occur due to food and bacteria getting trapped around the gum.

When wisdom teeth hurt, it’s time to see Taree Dental Care.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is normally done in the dental office, with the use of local numbing injections. More complicated cases, however, might call for IV sedation or a general anesthetic. During the extraction, the oral surgeon may have to cut the gum to remove the tooth but will stitch the area.

Afterward, patients could experience discomfort and swelling for two or three days as the surgery site heals. They should defer brushing their teeth 24 hours after the operation and use ice packs or mild pain relievers to ease any pain and swelling.

Other Treatment Options

Other treatment options are leaving the wisdom teeth as they are (which is okay if they cause no pain or infections). If the impacted teeth are putting pressure on the nerves, your dentist could suggest a coronectomy to prevent nerve damage.

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This is when a dentist removes the crown (top) of the tooth, leaving the tooth roots behind. The remaining surface is then smoothed over.

To stop pain and prevent infection in wisdom teeth, a dentist can provide evaluation, tooth extraction, and full after-care advice to get patients smiling again.

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