Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that involves the extraction of the third molars, which are the last set of teeth to emerge in the back of the mouth. These teeth typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, and many people do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate them. As a result, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they are unable to fully emerge or grow in the right direction.
Wisdom teeth removal may be recommended if the impacted teeth are causing pain, infection, or other dental problems.
The procedure is typically performed by an oral surgeon or dentist and may involve the following steps:
Anesthesia: The patient will be given local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia to ensure they are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
Incision: The dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the wisdom teeth and the surrounding bone.
Tooth Extraction: The dentist will use specialized tools to loosen the wisdom teeth from the socket and then extract them. In some cases, the teeth may need to be broken into smaller pieces for easier removal.
Closure: Once the teeth have been removed, the dentist will clean the socket and stitch the incision to promote healing.
Recovery: The patient will be monitored for a short period after the procedure and given instructions for post-operative care.
This may include avoiding solid foods and smoking, taking pain medications, and applying ice packs to reduce swelling.
Overall, wisdom teeth removal is a safe and effective procedure that can prevent dental problems and improve oral health. It is important to follow the dentist's instructions for post-operative care to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
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