Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth which are present at the end of each of quadrant of the dentition. It is usually the last teeth to erupt in the mouth of an individual. But not every individual has wisdom teeth.
The wisdom tooth extraction procedure takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
First, the dentist or oral surgeon at the dental clinic injects anesthesia to the patients. This can be local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia in rare cases. Local anesthesia is usually given to the patients for wisdom tooth removal procedure.
Then, the surgeon provides an incision around the target tooth and starts extracting the tooth. Depending on the angulation of the tooth, the surgeon needs to perform the surgery and eventually removes the tooth from the patient’s mouth. The bleeding is controlled with the help of medications and gauge.
On average, the recovery time after wisdom tooth removal is around 3-6 days. You might notice slight bleeding after a few days of the procedure. After the effect of anesthesia goes off, the patient might feel resistance while opening the mouth. But this condition improves when the patient takes proper precautions after the surgery and follows the advice of the dentist or surgeon. Thus, wisdom tooth extraction is a helpful procedure for individuals who have troubles with their wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth need to be removed in some instances. One of the most common cases in which wisdom tooth extraction is recommended to patients is that of an angled eruption of the teeth. Here, it erupts in an angle instead of parallel direction to that of the adjacent teeth. This leads to increased pain and difficulty in maintaining the oral hygiene in the respective area. Also, wisdom tooth removal is recommended in case of pericoronitis which occurs around wisdom teeth when there is a lack of adequate space for wisdom teeth to erupt in the oral cavity.