Wisdom tooth pain

A brief about wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth are the teeth that erupt at the age of 17 to 23 years. Due to the lack of space, the wisdom teeth can sometimes remain impacted or erupt in a different location. Wisdom tooth pain is a common finding in young adults. There can be various causes of Wisdom Tooth Pain, and the best treatment plan can be formulated after carefully diagnosing your dental condition. 

If you are wondering about the causes and cure of Wisdom Tooth Pain, then hold on and read the information provided below – brought to you by World Smiles Dental Center

Wisdom Tooth Pain causes 

In the case of wisdom tooth pain, there can be mainly two scenarios. In the majority of cases, due to insufficient space, the wisdom tooth can be impacted inside the jawbone. In other cases, it can be partially erupted inside the mouth. When the tooth is completely impacted, it can affect the adjacent tooth and the surrounding bone, leading to pain. In cases of partially erupted wisdom teeth, there is a potential space between the tooth and the soft tissue covering the tooth. This space accumulates food and harbours bacteria, leading to the irritation of soft tissue overlying the tooth. This condition is called pericoronitis and is really painful. 

When is removal indicated?

  • Chronic or recurrent pain in the area of erupting wisdom tooth
  • Swelling or redness on the soft tissue around the tooth
  • Reduced mouth opening
  • Pain or ringing sensation in the ears
  • Referred pain in the neck and temple area
  • Fowl breath
  • Unpleasant taste due to infected tooth

Preparation for wisdom teeth removal  

  • The first thing is a complete clinical and radiographic analysis
  • Always tell your doctor about your medical history and allergies
  • Inform your doctor about all the regular medicines
  • In case any modification is required, our team will modify the dose
  • Always have your food before the tooth removal

How is removal done? 

Consultation and Treatment planning

The consultation is the first and most important step of treatment planning. Our team at World Smiles Dental Center will clinically examine your case and design a customised treatment plan in this step. Discuss all your medical history and ask your doubts regarding the treatment during this stage.

Anesthesia

The entire process is painless as it is done after administering local anaesthesia. The tooth and the surrounding soft tissue are numb before starting the treatment. The effect of anaesthesia lingers after the procedure for a couple of hours, so it is advised not to eat anything during this period.

Procedure

  • The procedure for removal of the impacted tooth starts with incising the soft tissue over the tooth. The incision facilitates flap retraction to expose the bone.
  • After reaching the bone, a handpiece removes the bone covering the tooth.
  • Once we visualise the tooth, we will start loosening it for easy removal  
  • In cases of complicated tooth impaction, the tooth is segmented into parts before removing.
  • After the surgery, sutures are placed for faster extraction site healing.

What to expect after surgery?  

  • Minor swelling is normal and expected.
  • Slight discomfort and pain are expected after the surgery and can be effectively managed.
  • Slight difficulty with mouth opening is expected.
  • Some blood oozing is not a matter of concern, but you must report immediately if the bleeding persists for several hours post-extraction.