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Treatment of wisdom teeth

Treatment of wisdom teeth

Treatment of wisdom teeth

Treatment of wisdom teeth

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Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become infected. Such infections may cause considerable pain and medical danger. Other reasons wisdom teeth are removed include misalignment, potential crowding or malocclusion of the remaining teeth (resulting in lack of space in the jaw/oral cavity), all of which may require orthodontic treatment.

Complications/post-extraction problems

Some bleeding or oozing is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days (although by day three it should be less noticeable). Rinsing the mouth during this period is counter-productive, as the bleeding stops when the blood forms a clot at the extraction sites, and rinsing may dislodge the clot.

Dry Socket

The extraction site will become irritated and painful, due to inflammation of the bone lining the tooth socket (osteitis). The symptoms are made worse when food debris is trapped in the tooth socket. Generally dry sockets are self limiting and heal in a couple of weeks without treatment. Some ways of preventing dry socket are to schedule extractions during the last week of the menstrual cycle, when estrogen levels are inactive, not drinking through a straw as the suction will interfere with blood clotting in the cavity and to avoid smoking.

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