Third molar surgery

Impacted teeth can get cavities. An impacted tooth can push on the neighboring molar. This can lead to tooth movement, decay or gum disease. It also can change the way your teeth come together. Rarely, impacted teeth can cause cysts or other growths in the jaw.

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Impacted Tooth

An impacted tooth gets blocked on the way into your mouth. Wisdom teeth or third molars often are impacted.

Wisdom teeth usually begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 21. Dentists call these teeth third molars. They may become impacted because there’s not enough room in your mouth for them.

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A wisdom tooth also might be trying to come in sideways. Or, it might be tilted in your jaw. An impacted tooth can be painless. You may not even realize it’s there. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth tries to come in, the flap of gum on top of it can swell. This can hurt. You might feel pain in nearby teeth, or in the ear on that side of your face. Plus, food particles can get stuck near the gum flap. This can lead to an infection called pericoronitis or operculitis. If untreated, this infection can spread to the throat or into the neck.

Impacted teeth can get cavities. An impacted tooth can push on the neighboring molar. This can lead to tooth movement, decay or gum disease. It also can change the way your teeth come together. Rarely, impacted teeth can cause cysts or other growths in the jaw.

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Symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your jaw
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain when you open your mouth
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Repeated cheek biting

Pain can occur for several days and then disappear. It can come back weeks or months later.

Diagnosis

Dr anurag will examine the area. A digital dental X-ray is always helpful. If removal of wisdom tooth is needed then, this X ray will be helpful.

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Treatment

You can sometimes relieve minor irritation by rinsing with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water). Over-the-counter pain relievers also may help.

If the tooth continues to cause pain, is infected or interferes with nearby teeth, the usual treatment is to take it out. At this centre, special precautions are taken to ensure that the removal of wisdom tooth is painless procedure. This usually lasts for 15-30 minutes.

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Our surgeon will perform a painless surgery under local anesthesia, and some simple post-operative instructions are given to you.

You will not be able to eat for six hours before surgery. If you take any medications, keep on schedule with them. Someone should drive you to the appointment and drive you home.

After the surgery, you may have slight swelling of the cheeks and jaw. Hard foods are best avoided.

Prophylactic Wisdom tooth removal

We also undertake prophylactic removal of wisdom teeth. This surgery is done before the teeth have started coming in. This prevents future problems. The procedure is usually the same, except that the discomfort is even lesser. Often, it is better to have your wisdom teeth taken out before you turn 21. The surgery usually is less complicated. The tissue and bone also heal better.

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