Once a wise man said, ‘ice cream is a wonderful way to mourn the loss of wisdom teeth’. We completely agree. And just so you know, wisdom teeth certainly don’t make you any wiser, so why bear wisdom tooth pain? Address the issue immediately and save money before it becomes an emergency.
1. Do I become wise after having a wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth have no recognized purpose, unless of course you are keen to have extra molars on both sides of the mouth to grind food better. Their growth can be completely unpredictable. Neither do they announce their arrival date, nor do they tell us if they will erupt at all! If you are lucky, you will have a painless experience, but they often cause pain, inflammation or swelling. Wisdom teeth growth is common between the ages of 17 and 25.
2. Wisdom tooth calling; do I need to remove it?
Often there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to grow. That is when you have an impacted wisdom tooth. There may be no apparent problems with an impacted wisdom tooth but cleaning them can be tough. As a result, they will be vulnerable leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
Persistent problems with wisdom teeth aggravate sinus problems leading to pressure and congestion. Before the tissue around swollen wisdom teeth becomes inflamed, consult our dentists at DM Dental.
3. Telltale signs when you need surgery for wisdom tooth
Apart from wisdom teeth pain, here are some signs which will tell you that you require tooth extraction.
- Swollen or red gums
- Bad breath
- Jaw pain
- Problem in opening your mouth
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Swollen jaw
- Not-so-pleasant taste in your mouth
Your extra set of molars might push the other teeth leading to bite problems and pain while chewing. If your teeth are half hidden inside the jaw with a portion exposed, cysts or bacteria can form in exposed area. You cannot leave them untreated; they will cause nerve damage. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause teeth misalignment. Overcrowding can further aggravate the problem where you may need treatment to straighten other crooked teeth.
4. Should I be afraid about removing wisdom teeth?
It is common to be anxious about wisdom tooth removal. But often tooth extraction is the only remedy for wisdom tooth pain. Depending on how impacted your teeth are, our dentists at DM Dental will determine whether you need local or general anesthesia.
Your mouth will be numb with local anesthesia, but you will be awake during the process. Dose of sedation will be higher in general anesthesia, so you need to ask someone to accompany you. Tooth extraction will be done within 2-3 hours, but you can expect discomfort and swelling for next 2-3 days. Post-operative healing will vary between a few days to a week.
5. Will my insurance cover expense of surgery?
Simple wisdom tooth extraction with local anesthesia is less expensive. By comparison, removing an impacted tooth will cost more. If your dentist prescribes a surgical procedure, find out from your insurer whether your coverage cover the procedure. Most dental insurances cover half of wisdom tooth removal if it is a medical necessity.
6. Is there a way to cope with wisdom tooth pain?
If you experience prolonged wisdom tooth pain, consulting a dentist is a must. To reduce the intensity of pain, you can take pain relievers. There are some home remedies which are effective for wisdom tooth ache as well.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil with coconut oil. Apply mixture on affected area, massage it for 4-5 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this process twice a day.
- Use warm water solution to get rid of infection and reduce pain. Rinse your mouth with this solution twice daily.
- Mince 1-2 garlic cloves and apply it to get relief from wisdom tooth pain. If possible, you can keep a clove on the affected area and bite on it.
- Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and rinse your mouth with this solution.
- Hold an ice pack or a hot water bottle and place on the side of the mouth where wisdom tooth is coming in.
- Take ½ a lemon, extract its juice and add a pinch of salt with a few drops of water. Apply the diluted paste to the affected area whenever you feel wisdom tooth pain.
7. What should be my diet after extracting my wisdom tooth?
After wisdom tooth is extracted, you need to drink a lot of fluids; both cold and lukewarm water. Include soft foods like puddings, soups and mashed potatoes in your diet.
Consult our DM Dental dentists to discuss about wisdom tooth extraction. They can also help you with your worries and queries and suggest ways to lessen the pain.