How Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
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How Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

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A Wisdom tooth is defined as the last molars on each side of the jaws. They are also the last teeth in a person to emerge. These teeth’s usually erupt when a person is between 16 to 19 years of age. Wisdom teeth are the last molars to appear in a person at the age when people have acquired more wisdom than they normally have as a child.

In teenagers, there is often not enough room left in your mouth to accommodate the wisdom teeth as they are the last permanent teeth to come in, or erupt. Because of this the wisdom teeth that are impacted are trapped beneath the gum tissue by other teeth or bone. After the wisdom teeth are impacted, it may cause swelling and tenderness.

If the Wisdom teeth is partially emerged or come in crooked, it can also cause painful crowding and disease. Teeth’s that removed before the age of 19 years have less developed roots and have fewer complications and as such the American Dental Association recommends that people who are between age group of 16-19 should have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.

A relatively routine procedure is followed in removing the wisdom teeth. The dentist or a dental surgeon will use general anesthesia, or numbing this area in your mouth with a local anesthesia such as Novocain® before removing or extracting the wisdom tooth.

Once the wisdom tooth is removed, a person is may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 25 to 40 minutes. This is done to limit any bleeding that may occur from the area from where the wisdom tooth was removed. It is usual to get some pain and swelling, but it will normally go away after a few days. But you should call your dentist if you having severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

Wisdom teeth removal is done due to crowding or impaction and this does not affect your bite or oral health in the future.

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