Wisdom teeth are generally known as the third set of molars. Wisdom Teeth Removal are as important as other molars if they erupt properly and doesn’t cause any problem. But as wisdom teeth erupt at last between the age of 17 to 21, they may not find enough space in the mouth to fit. Thus they may erupt sideways causing damage to the adjacent teeth or may only partially erupt or may get trapped in gum. In any of the conditions, they cause severe pain, gum line swelling or infections and thus it becomes necessary to have them removed.
In this article, you will find comprehensive information about wisdom teeth removal. We shall be looking at what wisdom teeth extraction entails, as well as the wisdom tooth extraction cost. Further, we shall discuss the recovery process that follows the removal of wisdom teeth, and the necessary aftercare. Other aspects to be explored are the pros and cons of wisdom teeth removal, and how the decision on whether or not to remove these teeth is made.
The surgery where wisdom teeth are removed is one that is fairly common. But it can get quite complicated, especially if the wisdom teeth being removed haven’t actually erupted. In some cases, general dentists are able to perform this procedure. But the more complex cases require the attention of oral surgeons. Thus if your case is not simple, the general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
In any event, this is the sort of procedure for which heavy sedation tends to be necessary. Often, general dentists may not have the skills and equipment necessary to facilitate such heavy sedation. That then necessitates referrals to oral surgeons. Of course, that comes with cost implications. That is especially if one was seeking cheap wisdom tooth extraction services. The oral surgeon operates as the specialist consultant, hence the likelihood of higher fees.
Like any other surgery, wisdom teeth removal comes with certain risks, including
- The possibility of pain
- Loss of blood
- The opening of the sinuses which is persistent
- Numbness in the lip (the lower one)
In spite of those risks, retaining the wisdom teeth can cause many major problems. Thus after weighing the benefits of wisdom teeth removal surgery against the risks, dentists often opt to proceed with it.
Initial recovery after having wisdom teeth extracted may take 5 to 7 days. The gum area takes longer to heal though. So in that regard, you may be looking at 3 to 4 weeks. Sometimes, a certain degree of jaw damage happens in the course of the surgery. In this case, it can take the jaw as much as 6 months to recover fully.
There are a number of things that the person who has undergone wisdom teeth removal can do to increase the chances of proper and faster recovery.
To deal with the bleeding that occurs for the first 24 hours after the removal of the teeth, biting on gauze can help. If gauze isn’t available, one may bite on a teabag. The tea inside contains tannic acid, which may help in clotting to form properly at the extraction site.
However, if the bleeding seems to be unduly heavy or persistent, it is essential to consult the dentist urgently.
Use an ice pack to deal with the swelling that occurs on the face after the removal of wisdom teeth.
As for the pain that follows wisdom teeth removal, there are many helpful painkillers. Simple ones such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen often work satisfactorily. But there are cases where the dentist may prescribe more potent ones.
One key thing is to ensure that you maintain a very high standard of oral hygiene. These other recommendations are also vital:
- For the first 24 hours after wisdom teeth extraction, the teeth must not be rinsed.
- During the first day after the removal of wisdom teeth, one should only feed on soft foodstuffs. So those are things like milk, pudding, ice cream and so on. If one needs something ‘heavier’, then it would be in the form of mashed potatoes and so on. As the days progress, one can gradually start taking more solid but still easy-to-chew foods. The chewing should be done using teeth that are far from the position where the wisdom teeth were removed.
- Brushing and flossing of the other teeth are recommended. But the teeth as well as the gum adjacent to the socket left after wisdom teeth removal are to be avoided.
- After 24 hours of extraction rinsing of the teeth should start. It should be done using warm salty water after having your meal and before going to bed. This is a routine to be repeated for a period of at least 5 days following the removal of the wisdom teeth.
Cost of Wisdom tooth extraction is not fixed. It varies, depending on factors like
- The dentist who does it
- Where one goes to have the wisdom teeth removed
- Whether or not one has dental insurance
- The complexity of the surgery
There are scenarios where one may get reasonably cheap wisdom tooth extraction services. But there are also situations in which the procedure proves quite costly.
In London, at a private dental surgery, the cost of this operation typically starts at only £350. Thus if you are looking for cheap wisdom teeth removal services, that is typically the sort of amount you’d need to pay.
If one opts not to remove wisdom teeth, they may face certain challenges. Their teeth may start shifting. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, there may be jaw expansion, which comes alongside bone loss. Sinus congestion is another common challenge in this regard. Then there are cysts and tumours, which often arise as a result of retaining wisdom teeth. Gum tissue may also tend to get irritated. Then there are cavities, alongside periodontal pockets – often severe in people who retain wisdom teeth.
For children with wisdom teeth that are not removed, orthodontia changes may be seen. On the other hand, older people may have the functionality of their dentures interfered with by wisdom teeth.
Then again, one has to beware of the fact that the removal of wisdom teeth comes with a dry socket risk.
Wisdom teeth are not without their (remote) advantages. In case you happen to have a missing molar, these wisdom teeth may fill that gap. Further, if you ever need a dental bridge, it can possibly get support from wisdom teeth. There is the possibility that in the future, the stem cells from which new teeth can be developed would be derived from wisdom teeth.
However, those fringe benefits shouldn’t make you overlook the potential risks you open to yourself by opting to retain the wisdom teeth.
Usually, the starting point in this regard is carrying out a dental examination.
Advanced technologies like panoramic and digital x-rays help in working out whether or not to proceed with wisdom teeth removal.
Then there is the age consideration. Complications tend to be less likely if these teeth are removed earlier in life. For people over 35, the risk of complications is higher. And for those over 50, the complications risk profile can be alarming, due to age-related bone fusing. The current thinking is that, wherever possible, wisdom teeth are best removed before one reaches the age of 18.
You can access relatively cheap wisdom teeth removal services at our Wimpole Dental Office.