Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
It depends on the path of eruption of wisdom tooth. In many instances, the mouth does not have enough space causing crowding of teeth. In such cases, the wisdom teeth need to be removed.
2. Is wisdom tooth extraction painful?
Your wisdom tooth and the region around it are numbed before the procedure. So the wisdom tooth removal is not painful. You may feel pressure when your dentist is removing the tooth but not pain. Once the procedure is complete, you will be given pain killers that begin acting before your numbness wears off.
3. What is the best age for removal of wisdom teeth?
Depending on the condition of your teeth, people of any age can have their wisdom teeth extracted. However the preferred age is between 18 to 24 years, when the root has developed to about two-thirds of its full size.
4. What are dry sockets?
Dry sockets arise due to premature loss of blood clot in the empty tooth sockets. It is the most common problem experienced by patients following wisdom tooth surgery. This is more likely in individuals who take birth control pills or smoke.
5. What is the treatment of dry socket?
As part of the treatment, a medicated dressing is placed in the empty tooth sockets. This helps relieve pain and protects the socket from food particles.
6. Is Wisdom Tooth Removal surgery painful?
Mostly not. You will be injected with local anaesthesia to numb the surgical site, so you may not feel any pain. There may be slight pain and discomfort after the procedure.
7. When can I get back to my routine activities?
You get back to your routine activities in about 2 to 48 hours.
8. Is it safe to brush my teeth after the extraction?
Remember to avoid brushing your teeth and gargling for the first 24 hours to heal faster. After a day, you may resume brushing your teeth but be gentle around the surgical site.
9. What do I do if it bleeds?
The first thing to remember is, there may be some minor bleeding for the first day or so. If you notice bleeding, do not rinse but instead apply pressure to the socket for at least 15 minutes by firmly biting on a clean cotton. If the bleeding hasn't stopped after an hour or two, call your dentist right away.
10. What is the difference between wisdom tooth removal and simple extraction?
Wisdom teeth often grow in an angulated position. Extraction may require making a cut in the gum to allow access to the tooth and remove it properly whereas simple removal is typically used when you can actually see the tooth in your mouth and remove it relatively quickly and easily.