The third molar teeth commonly known as wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in our jaws. Lower wisdom teeth growing horizontally and upper wisdom teeth impinging on the cheek are very common complaints. Any problem in and around the wisdom tooth usually requires removal of that tooth. Problems associated with wisdom teeth can become really uncomfortable leading to pain, swelling, pus, space infections, inability to open the mouth or chew etc.,
Wisdom teeth generally tend to be covered by bone or soft tissue and may only be partly erupted into the oral cavity. This requires a minor surgical procedure to remove it. This is usually done under local anesthesia by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. After removal of the tooth, stitches will be placed. These stitches need to be removed in aweeks time. There may be pain, swelling of the jaw, difficulty in mouth opening, difficulty in swallowing or mild fever post the surgery; everything which is manageable by proper medications and regular follow up.
A rest period of about 2-3 days is required post-surgically. The procedure is completed in about 30 minutes and the patient is on oral medications for atleast 5 days. The surgery is totally painless and is done in sterile settings using special magnification loupes and surgical motors by our oral and maxillofacial surgeon.