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Oral Surgery for Wisdom Tooth Extraction: To Go or Not to Go?

Have you ever experienced sudden, excruciating pain in between the angle of the jaw and the upper part of the neck? Though taking pain medication can somehow provide relief, the pain goes back again and this time, it grows in intensity.

Normally, the wisdom tooth or the third molar is the last tooth to erupt within the mouth. Often happening in the late adolescent and early adulthood years, its name-wisdom tooth is  attributed to the fact that late adolescents and young adults are a lot wiser.

Supposedly, the wisdom tooth will occupy the last space of your oral cavity, almost near the hard palate. Sometimes, the tooth fails to erupt due to lack of space. This is where the problem begins as the tooth grows along the gum line that is already occupied by another tooth. This phenomenon can give you the worst kind of pain you’ve ever encountered in your life, which is also known as trigeminal neuralgia.

Causes of Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Impacted Wisdom Tooth is brought about by the tooth’s failure to erupt in a normal fashion. Here, the tooth can grow sideways or erupt from the gum or it can get trapped between the gum and the bone which causes a great amount of pain and discomfort.

Treatment of Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Dental extraction and dental surgeries are the recommended treatment for an impacted wisdom tooth. In this procedure, the dentist will remove the impacted tooth. The aim of the procedure is to remove the tooth causing pain and also to prevent the onset of infection that can be caused by the obstructed growth of the wisdom tooth.

No Ordinary Dental Extraction

Unlike the traditional dental extraction that can be done under an hour, extraction and surgery of the wisdom tooth is one challenging procedure. With the location of the impacted third molar, vital structures such as the pharynx, esophagus, trachea and heart can be damaged once the infection sets in. Therefore, the operation requires highly skilled dentists who underwent further studies in the field of oral surgery.

At Samaritan Dental Arts, we have an experienced cosmetic and general dentists and dental hygienists who can provide you the best management for your impacted wisdom tooth.

Should you have concerns if the procedure will be painful, yes there will be pain but we at Samaritan Dental Arts can keep the pain at a minimum. Depending on the severity of your case, you may undergo local or general anesthesia. In addition, post-operation medications and advice will be given to you to ensure a fast recovery.

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