If your wisdom tooth is bothering you and the pain has become more than you can bear, dilly dally no longer and go see your dentist. Here are some of the things you will most likely hear. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, pose no problem if properly aligned. Oftentimes, though, they are misaligned and most dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth leaning toward or pushing the second molars can cause tooth decay when food debris and plaque-causing bacteria accumulate in the opening. This is especially true for third molar that has partially erupted. Brushing teeth and flossing, dentists say, will not be enough to remove the accumulated particles, leading to tooth decay and infection.
Wisdom teeth removal varies from one person to another. Some need to have a bone removed to extract the tooth; others have a relatively simpler extraction. Whichever the case, post-surgical care that includes ample rest and eating soft foods is important.
Now here are some things you may find out later on, unless you do your homework and read up as much as you can about the possible complications of wisdom removal. Around 10 to 15 percent of patients who had their wisdom teeth removed experience a dry socket several days after the procedure. Pain may shoot up and radiate to the ear, in which case you need to visit your dentist again who may provide a dressing and prescribe necessary medication. Some patients also find it difficult to use their mouth for several weeks owing to nerve damage. A nerve that is been severed during the surgical procedure leads to serious and lasting damage. Such possibilities underscore the importance of getting a topnotch specialist/surgeon to remove wisdom tooth.