No Need to Be Afraid of Impacted Wisdom Dental Surgery

In adulthood starting 18 years or 20 years, usually a person begins to experience wisdom teeth growth. The growth of wisdom teeth is actually a normal thing, but for some people and maybe including you, they may experience abnormal wisdom teeth growth. Wisdom teeth that grow normally means that they grow in a straight position and will not cause other symptoms such as pushing the next tooth to cause problems such as tooth pain to the face and neck, swollen gums, and infection. If these symptoms occur, it means that you have wisdom teeth that are not normal. This is because there is no longer enough space for your wisdom teeth to grow, so the teeth will grow sideways and push against the teeth next to them. This condition is more commonly referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. Then, what to do if your wisdom tooth is impacted?

To treat or prevent more complex problems due to impacted teeth, the doctor will perform a surgical removal of your impacted wisdom tooth. This surgery is of course done by first injecting anesthetic around the teeth so you don't feel anything. Although most patients will not experience problems while recovering from wisdom tooth impacted surgery, usually patients will experience the following things.

  • Bleeding gums

Although at the time of the surgery the gums will bleed and will stop quickly after the procedure is complete, some patients may still experience bleeding from the gums when they are at home. To fix this, you can bite the cotton to press on the bleeding gums and the blood will stop coming out by itself. If the blood continues to come out, immediately visit the dentist again.

  • Discomfort on the chin, lower lip and tongue

If your wisdom teeth are close to the nerves that connect to your chin, lower lip and tongue, you will likely feel a little numb in those areas. This usually goes away within a few months.

  • Infection

Infection may occur in the cavity of the gums that is empty or blood clots may not form, causing a dry socket. Although it rarely happens, you should avoid things that can cause infection and dry sockets such as smoking. The doctor can also prescribe antibiotics to treat or prevent this from happening.

  • The jaw feels weak

In very rare cases, the effect of weakening the jaw occurs in less than 1 percent.

So, would you do an impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Given the many successes in removing wisdom teeth in dealing with these problems and the few cases of possible side effects, this procedure is certainly safe and recommended if performed by a dentist. In fact, the purpose of wisdom tooth surgery is precisely to eliminate problems that have been or will arise. Tell your condition immediately to the dentist if you have problems with your wisdom teeth before the problem becomes more complex.


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