There is a very thin line between pulling out a wisdom tooth and leaving it as it is. This has been a continuous debate between dentists alike that extraction of the third molar is not really needed since there is a risk of Dry Socket. But some say that when the event arises, it is better to take the tooth out than to suffer bacterial infections and painful consequences.
What is a Wisdom Tooth?
Dentists’ call this the third molar and it usually erupts when a person reaches 16 until he or she is 25. Normally, it does not pose any kind of serious threat. Some people live a full life without experiencing it. On some, no issues come up regarding the wisdom tooth but when it does, there are only two words to describe its effect: unbearable pain.
This is the main reason why some dentists believe that a special circumstance such as this makes it valid to extract the tooth out. Oral surgery is needed if a person suffers from an impaction – the root cause of taking out the tooth. An impaction means that the tooth is in distress because it has not fully erupted since the jaw line is already full. It tries to make its way out but cannot emerge completely because the area is already crowded. In some instances, the impaction pushes the row of teeth sideways and that is not good. It misaligns not only the wisdom tooth but the whole set of teeth as well. Needless to say, this causes the terrible hurting.
If this happens to you, what must you do?
Go to your dental oral surgeon immediately. There is no need for you to feel the aching and the twinge. Even if you do not like the idea of surgical extraction, this is your only remedy. It’s not only because of the throbbing pain which affects your whole body but an impacted tooth can cause severe damage to your mouth region if not attended to right away.
One of the complications of an impacted wisdom tooth is nerve damage or Paresthesia. This is numbness of the chin, mouth and tongue. Another problem is cyst or tumor formation. While this can be treated eventually, then healing period is said to be shorter if the condition is taken care of right away.
It is in every person’s discretion to have an extraction or not. At least you know the facts on how to handle an impacted tooth if ever you will be in that position. Just remember that it is always in your best interest if your dentist tells you what is needed when it comes to your wisdom tooth and everything about your oral health.