Wisdom tooth removal is easier than you think. You may have impacted wisdom teeth if your jawbone is not wide enough to accommodate third molars as they typically erupt after your late teens. This may cause pain, swelling, gum disease, crowding, decay, poor position and cysts in your mouth when the offending tooth is unable to emerge fully.
If you suspect that an erupting molar is impacted, it is best to see your dentist who will examine your mouth and take a panoramic x-ray to determine the actual condition of your molars for possible wisdom tooth removal.
Painful impacted wisdom teeth are best treated by early removal before they grow long and strong roots or cause serious infection in your mouth. The procedure can be done in your dentist’s clinic and under local anaesthesia when your mouth is completely numb.
Oral surgery has come a long way in recent years, with improved techniques and equipment making it easier for less stressful wisdom tooth removal.
Following post-removal care instructions promotes quick healing without complications. While some discomfort may be experienced after the anaesthesia wears off, it is easily managed with anti-inflammatory or pain medicine that your dentist may recommend.
You can avoid the “chipmunk” or swollen cheeks by applying ice packs on and off at 20-minute intervals in the first 12 hours after extraction. Gums usually heal after 7 days from wisdom tooth removal by which time you can resume your normal diet.