The removal of wisdom teeth is not an emergency procedure because dentists monitor the growth of these teeth and can spot potential problems early on. Although if you wait to have them taken out, you may experience some serious problems. This article discusses the risks of delaying wisdom teeth extraction, when it is best to have them removed, and what can happen after the removal of the wisdom tooth.
Is it possible for me to delay the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth?
No, it is important to stress that postponing wisdom tooth removal can be risky. Please understand that the wisdom tooth should only be removed if the dentist has recommended it. This is because the bone that surrounding the developing wisdom tooth keeps the area sterile and free of infection at first. However, as soon as the wisdom tooth pierces the bone, a tiny gap forms under the gum tissue, which frequently has oral bacteria and plaque. The overlying gum tissue prevents the removal of plaque and bacteria from the wisdom tooth, which can cause pain, gum infections, tooth decay, jawbone damage, pericoronitis, and even cyst formation.
When should wisdom teeth be extracted?
You should not postpone the extraction once your dentist has recommended it. Once wisdom teeth have pierced the bone barrier, it is impossible to predict when inflammation or infection may begin. Therefore, symptomatic teeth that have already pierced the bone or gum tissue should be extracted as soon as possible to prevent potential complications. This is also because if infection or inflammation begins, there is a greater risk of healing problems or post-operative infection, making this the worst time to extract teeth.
What typically happens after the extraction of the impacted wisdom tooth?
Please be aware that returning to normal activities can take up to two weeks. Most people experience pain, which can be relieved by taking medicines as directed. During this phase, the cheeks and mouth may swell. However, this swelling may gradually go away over the course of the first few days. Additionally, using a cold cloth in these situations may be helpful. The restricted mouth opening, and jaw stiffness may go away after the first 7 to 10 days. Patients may also experience a bad taste and mild cheek bruising, which should go away in two weeks. Please keep in mind to do as the dentist instructs during this phase.
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