If your wisdom teeth do not erupt properly they become stuck below the gum line or between the gum line and already grown teeth. This can lead to oral infections and repetitive tooth pain with headaches preventing you from doing your daily activities properly.
Wisdom tooth removal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Wisdom teeth do not need to be systematically removed. Generally, when the wisdom teeth appear clean, not crowded and fully emerged from the gums they are not required to be extracted.
It becomes necessary to remove your wisdom tooth when it is impacted (see below), sideways or when the wisdom tooth is crowding the other molars.
If that’s the case, visit a tooth clinic in Addis Ababa.
Wisdom teeth become a risk factor for :
- Jaw and teeth misalignment
- Shifting teeth
- Dental infections
- Dental plaque and tartar
- Tooth decay(dental caries and cavities
- Gum disease
- Nerve damage
- Tooth pain, swelling and stiffness
- And more…
What are wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars, are final teeth of the mouth to grow following the development of the second, or 12-year molars.
They fully develop around 17-19 years old. As they grow they try to emerge into the mouth at between 19-25 years old. Though many live long and happily with their molars in their place it is not the case for everyone.
When a wisdom tooth extraction is needed : Impacted wisdom teeth
Sometimes, when trying to erupt, wisdom teeth become trapped below the gum line or stuck behind the second molars due to the lack of space in the dental arch. When this happens and third molars don’t erupt or become blocked within the bone they are designated as impacted wisdom teeth.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth
A partial eruption or a lack of eruption of wisdom teeth can cause them to exhibit numerous symptoms and conditions which may require surgical treatment. They include:
- Oral or dental Infection
- Tooth decay (dental caries or cavities)
- Tooth pain and headaches
- Gums bleeding.
- Eruption into the second molar
- Adjacent teeth shifting
- The formation of cysts around the wisdom tooth
- and more…
Wisdom tooth extraction surgery at our Dental Clinic in Addis Ababa
Wisdom tooth removal surgery is performed by certified dental surgeons at our dental clinic in Addis Ababa. Before the tooth extraction procedure, you will be put under general or intravenous anesthesia if your wisdom teeth are severely impacted.
Sometimes wisdom teeth can be extracted under local anesthesia if the level of impaction is not severe and the location of the impacted tooth is favorable.
The conscious sedation prevents you from feeling pain and allows the dental surgeon to perform the extraction procedure with minimal discomfort.
In case of intravenous sedation, it is not advised to drive right after the treatment. The dentist will require you to be accompanied by a responsible adult who can safely transport you back to your living place.
Best practices to quickly recover after a wisdom tooth removal
- Take antibiotics to prevent bacterial proliferation
- You can relieve the pain with some paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Eat soft food that does not require you to chew
- You can also applying ice on your face around the area of the surgery to calm down inflammation, pain and swelling
- Mouthwash with warm salt water four times a day
- Avoid putting in your mouth anything that can touch and agitate your wound like straws
If you have any question about wisdom teeth in general and the dental extraction surgery, feel free to call us at +251 988447778.