The third set of molars or the wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, commonly between the ages of 17 to 21. They can be quite painful during their eruption process. Being the last one to erupt, they do not have much room left to grow properly. This leads to the crooked or partial eruption of wisdom teeth. They are mostly trapped at the back of the mouth leading to their painful positioning. Wisdom teeth, if they do not erupt properly, may create a lot of problems including pain and infections. A lot of people are left with no choice but to extract them. Dentists analyse the condition of the patients and decide if a full extraction or partial extraction would help deal with the problem. A full removal of wisdom tooth or teeth though is a fairly common surgery, which involves patient to go through the complicated procedure. Need For Removal of Wisdom Tooth As wisdom teeth have minimum room while erupting, they grow crooked or partially affect the surrounding teeth. A crooked wisdom tooth may start growing into the adjacent tooth pushing it uncomfortably or even cracking it. Excruciating pain can follow after this. At times it also affects the gums leaving them exposed to infections. Partially grown wisdom tooth causes constant discomfort while chewing and speaking. Such a tooth can affect the jaw bone or roots of the adjacent teeth causing potential shifting of the adjacent teeth, jaw pain, swelling and even numbness in the lower jaw and lips. In such cases, removal of the wisdom tooth becomes necessary. Costing and Procedure for Removal of Wisdom Tooth
The first and one of the most important things about the procedure is wisdom teeth removal cost which depends on the type of anesthesia given to the patient. A simple extraction using local anesthesia can cost less as compared to a more involved procedure like the complete removal of the impacted tooth. General anesthesia used in the procedure is the costliest; hence the cost of treatment shall more or less dependent on the type of anesthesia used on a patient. With proper assistance and help from experienced dentists at Holistic Dental, you can find an affordable option and carry out the procedure of removal of impacted tooth or teeth successfully. Process of wisdom teeth removal For the removal of the impacted tooth, you can expect your surgeon to go through the following process: Give you anesthesia to make the area numb from where the tooth or teeth have to be extracted. The anesthesia can be local anaesthesia given near the site of extraction, a sedation anaesthesia given through the veins in your arms or a general anaesthesia given as a nasal medication. Once the anaesthesia numbs the site of extraction, an incision is made in the gums by making a cut. This is done to reach to the root of the tooth and the bone where the actual procedure will be performed. The tooth is now extracted in sections for a safer and easier removal. Once the tooth is removed completely, the area is thoroughly cleaned. The gums are stitched to close the wound and promote healing. The procedure for the removal of an impacted tooth requires skills and precision as the tooth is extracted in pieces. The pieces are made by cutting or drilling the impacted tooth. The skill possessed and precision followed by the surgeon ensure the safe removal of the tooth without impacting the adjacent tooth or the jaw bone. Aftercare for the Procedure After a successful extraction, the recovery period can span to about a week. The stitches are examined at regular intervals to track the healing of the wound. Once the surgeon is sure that the wound has completely healed, the stitches are removed. In recent years, dissolvable stitches are being used for a more comfortable procedure. The aftercare of the procedure involves the restricted activity of the mouth. Chewing or hard food, consumption of cold or hot beverages or food items and spicy food is advised to be avoided. Constant speaking or chewing fast is restricted to avoid impact on the wound. Any such strenuous activity can cause blood clots and bleed in the treated area. For pain, bleeding and swelling in the treated area, the surgeon may administer certain drugs or suggest the use of cold fomentation for relief.