What You Should Know About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Are the gums of the furthest end of both sides of your mouth always in pain that you can't cope with? The root cause of the problem might stem from the development of impacted wisdom teeth. It is possible that you will need to undergo oral surgery so the teeth can be removed if you want relief from the pain. Take a look at this article to learn a few helpful things about impacted wisdom teeth.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are basically the last of all of your teeth to develop. However, wisdom teeth do not always erupt through the gums as they should, which can lead to a lot of pain. Impacted wisdom teeth are basically the ones that have not erupted through the gums. For instance, the enamel can sit right underneath gum tissue, or it can remain completely inside of the jawbone. It is also possible for impacted wisdom teeth to partially erupt, meaning that only a part of the enamel erupts through the gums.

Are There Other Symptoms Besides Pain?

The symptoms that are associated with impacted wisdom teeth depend on your specific condition. For instance, some people never experience any symptoms from impacted wisdom teeth. There are numerous symptoms that can develop, such as swollen gums, achy jawbones, bleeding gums, and headaches. You can also experience swelling in the nymph lymph of your neck. It is important to get your gums examined if you suspect that impacted wisdom teeth are causing your pain, as some of the rare symptoms they can cause include cysts and tumors.

What Happens During Surgery?

Before an oral surgeon will be able to remove impacted wisdom teeth, any infections in your mouth will have to be treated with antibiotics. During the surgical procedure, you will be administered anesthesia in local or general form. The procedure begins with an incision being made in the gums, which proceeds with the surgeon removing any bones that are covering the tooth. The surgeon will then separate the tooth from the gum tissue so it can be easily pulled out. After each impacted tooth is removed, the incisions in your gums may be stitched up.

What Happens After Surgery?

After your surgical procedure, you might have to return to in a few days to get your stitches removed. However, sometimes stitches that are able to dissolve are used after getting impacted wisdom teeth removed. You should expect the healing process to take a few days after surgery, but it can vary from person to person.

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