What to do if a wisdom tooth hurts?

болит зуб мудростиWisdom teeth are the most insidious, so they can bring a lot of discomforts, and at the most inopportune moments. In ancient times, these teeth were vital for our ancestors, helping them to chew on solid and raw foods. But now, wisdom teeth (also called “eights”) are doing more harm than good. It is worth noting that the “eights” are the only teeth that grow in adults. From about 17-20 years old they start growing, and then they begin to actively take root and develop up to 30 years. Usually, we do not feel them until we take an x-ray or feel pain.

Why does a wisdom tooth hurt

There is no room for a new tooth
In the vast majority of cases, the eights grow crooked. Against this background, discomfort can occur, since they can put pressure on neighboring teeth, because usually there is simply no place for wisdom teeth in dentistry.

Wisdom tooth grows and gums ache
If your gum hurts and your tooth is cut, this may be due to the fact that part of the dental crown remains covered by the mucosa. And the remnants of food that decompose, and then cause inflammation, can get into the formed hood.

Wisdom teeth are susceptible to disease
Wisdom teeth can also hurt due to problems such as tooth decay, pulpits and periodontitis. Therefore, in any case, the best solution for toothache is a visit to dentistry.

Wisdom tooth: remove or not

To understand whether it is worth removing a wisdom tooth, it is necessary to figure out the reason. Because the removal of a wisdom tooth can be both very simple and very complex, it all depends on the specific situation of the patient. The very first thing that needs to be done is an x-ray. After all, the doctor needs to study the position of the teeth and their effect on the general dental system.

It is necessary to remove the wisdom tooth if:болит зуб мудрости

  • teeth grow crooked and deviated from their axis;
  • you want to align your teeth and put braces. In this case, you will need to get a resolution from the orthodontist, because sometimes eights can be used for orthodontic treatment;
  • a wisdom tooth is cut and the gum hurts;
  • The “eight” cut through and it showed caries, which cannot be treated due to the location of the teeth in the jaw;
  • you had jaw injuries (fractures) and the wisdom tooth is on the fracture line.

A wisdom tooth does not need to be removed if:

  • eights stand in the correct position, chewing surface up and roots down in relation to the jaw;
  • wisdom teeth do not cause discomfort;
  • there is no orthodontic indication for the removal of the eights.

According to statistics, most wisdom teeth are removed without problems and complications, but there are also serious surgical interventions that can cause problems and unpleasant consequences. Read more about this in the article “Risks when removing wisdom teeth”.

P.S. Wisdom teeth have one huge plus, which is rarely talked about, but because of if it’s still better to keep them. The fact is that wisdom teeth can replace an implant if you for any reason lose 6 or 7 chewing teeth. Eights can be transplanted in their place, but this must be done immediately after the extraction of molar teeth. Thus, wisdom teeth can serve as a support for the installation of the prosthesis and also help maintain bone tissue.

Does it hurt to remove a wisdom tooth?

Depending on the complexity of the situation. Removing a wisdom tooth is not so painful, but the anesthesia procedure causes discomforts, because the injection should go quite deeply. Otherwise, removing the eighth tooth will not cause you any discomfort.

How many wisdom teeth can be removed in 1 attendance

Removing an impacted wisdom tooth can occur in different ways, depending on the situation. In one attendance, you can remove both 1 tooth and all 4. Of course, if you remove all the teeth at once, it will take more time, anesthetic, and also moral preparation. But it is possible.
If the teeth have not yet grown and are in the wrong position and even tilted, then this can be 4 different tooth extraction operations.

Your wisdom tooth was removed. What can be expected after removal?

Usually, after the eights are removed, healing can take place within 1-3 weeks, so pain, swelling of the cheek may remain in the postoperative period and it will be slightly difficult to open the mouth. Therefore, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers without fail.

Recommendations after removing wisdom teeth

In order to ensure that healing after surgery proceeds as quickly and comfortably as possible, patients should follow the following recommendations:

  • after surgery, do not consume food and water for 3 hours;
  • reduce physical activity, including body tilts;
  • quit smoking;
  • exclude alcohol during healing;
  • do not take hot baths, do not visit saunas, baths, beaches;
  • during the first week, give preference to warm and soft food. Exclude hard and sharp foods (chips, crackers, bagels, etc.).

2 days after the removal, it is necessary to rinse the place of tooth extraction (on the first day this can not be done so as not to wash the blood clot). Chlorhexidine 0.12% is best suited for rinsing.

Remove wisdom tooth price

The average price for removing a wisdom tooth is approximately 80-120 €, depending on the complexity of the removal. Remember that there is always some “BUT” behind the cheap price: little experience, unprofessional equipment, lack of tools and more.

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ALEKSANDR MAKAROV
Dentist, surgeon, orthopedist

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