Wisdom teeth. Is there anything scarier in the dental world?
Some people are fortunate that they never have issues with their wisdom teeth, for many people that is not the case. Luckily, while wisdom teeth complications are common, treating them doesn’t need to be anywhere near as scary as it sounds.
What to look for
Between the ages of 17 and 25, the last set of molars – the wisdom teeth – will come into the mouth. Unfortunately, not everyone’s mouth and jaw is large enough to accommodate these teeth, and this means they might grow in sideways only partially emerge, or get trapped between the tooth and bone.
This can (and likely will) lead to wisdom tooth infection. There are two ways of dealing with wisdom tooth infection:
1) If the tooth would otherwise not be a problem (and therefore can be left in the mouth), the dentist can help manage the pain in a mild case of wisdom tooth infection. This is managed with the use of mouthwashes and saltwater rinses, coupled with over the counter pain relievers and is often be enough to manage a mild wisdom tooth infection. The infection, swelling, and subsequent pain, will ease away after a few days in such an instance.
2) More commonly, the dentist will see this becoming an ongoing issue, and recommend the surgical removal of the tooth and cleaning of the area, which will stop the infection and prevent future complications.
A serious case of wisdom teeth infection is characterised by extreme pain that can last for days, result in further damage to the adjacent teeth, and other complications such as swelling in the gums. And it can easily flare up again should the tooth become re-infected.
At the first sign of wisdom tooth infection, you need to come to us at Parra Dental. We will be able to advise you on the best course of action, and if removal is the way forwards, we can safely and effectively remove any wisdom tooth infection, and the tooth itself.
Our highly skilled dentists will make the whole procedure comfortable, and by removing the source of the pain, you will feel immediately better afterwards. It’s also important to note that because every individual has a different mouth, each wisdom tooth extraction needs to be treated differently. We provide a thorough examination, including an X-ray, which helps us to assess the best approach for your condition. For more information, or if you are experiencing the slightest sign of wisdom tooth infection, contact us at 9633-9835.