There is a buzz on the internet about wisdom tooth extraction. Every Dental Site, every Health organizations have Wisdom tooth extraction in their blog.
We all talk about the pros of extracting the tooth. We talk about the relieve we get after treatment. But has anyone thought the big hoax behind this surgery? Has anyone read about the cons it brings? I guess not!
Let’s see what lies in the multifold of Wisdom Tooth Extraction and How sensitive this topic is.
Let’s have a read.
Now, first of all, What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical activity of rooting out one or more wisdom teeth (The four permanent adult teeth located at the farthest corners of your mouth floor and ceiling.)
Being an add-on, sometimes wisdom tooth doesn't get room to grow, making a case of impact wisdom tooth, further resulting in pain, infection or another pile of dental problems.
Who doesn’t want to get rid of it? Consult either a dentist or an oral surgeon. Both can help you with wisdom tooth extraction. Some dentists suggest wisdom tooth extraction even if impact teeth aren’t causing problems; like who knows what waits for tomorrow?
And now, here comes ‘The Hoax’
Numerous people have a hoax, a myth that if they have a wisdom tooth, it needs to be extracted at any cost. Well, this is not a reality.
Wisdom teeth are just like other teeth if they don't cause any problem. It's just an add-on to your Dental set. So, do not worry if you have a pacified wisdom tooth. Maybe it adds to your biting efficiency.
Keep calm and keep the tooth. Why extract if there is no nasty act?
Now, the turn has come for the biggest con it brings. The Tooth Sensitivity!
What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity or oral sensitivity is just the synonym of Dentin Hypersensitivity or Root Sensitivity. If post eating anything cold, hot, sweet or acidic, your teeth get a painful sensation, then my dear, you have oral sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity is very common and extrapolations reflect a figure of nearly half population being under its influence.
Why is it caused?
The usual cause of tooth sensitivity is the exposure of dentin of root areas due to receded gums. Receded gums are very usual and four out of five people have these by the age of 65 years.
Rigorous brushing or using abrasive toothpaste may erode the tooth enamel and may expose the dentin of roots. An acidic diet, for instance, a diet loaded with Citrus food, Pickles or soda pops can cause tooth erosion and dissolve tooth surface, exposing dentin.
The relation between Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Dental Sensitivity
As we now know what Wisdom Tooth Extraction is; allow me to inform you further that this may leave your roots bare and naked and vulnerable to a lot many problems.
And after all, why would sensitivity stay behind? This problem would be the first one to take the leverage.
The uncrowned gums and vulnerable roots would be prone to even slight changes. Dentins of the roots would be exposed and the minutes of acidic diets and extreme temperature eatables would create a problem.
Precautions after wisdom tooth extraction
To pacify the pain of tooth extraction, faster recovery of wounds and less vulnerability from sensitivity, Dentists have a good list of proven effective precaution measures.
Minor seeping of blood may occur the day following wisdom tooth extraction. Try to avoid immoderate spitting so that you don’t withdraw the blood clot from the socket. As directed by your dentist or surgeon, replace the gauze over the extraction site.
Pain could be managed by over the counter medicated painkillers or dental prescriptions. Prescribed medicines are especially helpful if a bone has been removed during the procedure. Holding a cold pack against the jaw also relieves pain to a great extent.
Swelling and Bruising
Any swelling on the cheeks may usually improve in two to three days by using an ice pack as directed by the dentist or surgeon. However, bruising may take several more days to resolve.
Schedule yourself free for the whole day when you are having the surgery as it needs rest. You can resume the normal activities the next day but for at least a week, do avoid any kind of arduous activity which may result in losing blood clot from the socket.
Don't stop the water consumption but avoid alcohol, caffeinated, carbonated and hot beverages for at least the next 24 hours. Neglecting this may lead to proneness to sensitivity to a great extent. Don't drink with a straw for at least a week because the sucking action can dislocate the blood clot from the socket.
It’s a Thumbs Up to soft foods. But a BIG NO to hard, chewy, hot or spicy food primarily for first 24 hours. Otherwise, it may get stuck in the socket and irritate the wound making it even more damaged.
Cleaning your mouth
For first 24 hours, forget about brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth, spitting or using mouthwash. You’d typically be told to resume brushing after 24 hours. Be specifically gentle near the surgical wound when brushing and do not forget to rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours and after meals for a week.
If you are a smoker, say adieu to your cigarettes for at least 72 hours (more if possible). If you chew tobacco, for the sake of your teeth, don’t use it for at least a week. Using tobacco products after oral surgery can delay healing and can increase further risks.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist or surgeon if your stitches need to be removed. Delaying the work could be a grave mistake.
The simple truth is that most people need their wisdom teeth extracted. At Signature Smiles Family Dentistry, we make it a point to make your wisdom tooth extraction as trouble-free and comfortable as possible.
The professionals in our office have years of experience in performing wisdom tooth extractions and know the best methods to ensure a smooth procedure and speedy recovery.