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Wisdom Teeth – Infection & Extraction

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Wisdom Teeth – Infection & Extraction



As they say, with age comes wisdom, and along with it, Wisdom teeth. They are positioned below our second set of molars and above our fourth set of molars, and are the final set of teeth to emerge, which is why they are also known as “late deciduous teeth.” When we think of our oral health, we typically focus on our visible teeth: keeping them clean, ensuring they’re healthy and robust. But our oral health is much more complex than just our visible teeth.   

  wisdom teeth tooth extraction

How does infection happen?  

It’s harder to clean wisdom teeth, so there’s a higher chance of infection. These infections may range from minor irritation to a complete abscess. The most common cause is food stuck inside the tooth cavity, which promotes the growth of bacteria. An infection around the wisdom tooth may result from several bacteria. Some of the bacteria that can cause infection include:   

  • Streptococcus  
  • Actinomyces  
  • Fusobacterium  

The most common infection control procedure that your dentist will recommend is antibiotics to treat the infection after cleaning the affected tooth. They may also recommend extracting the tooth to prevent further issues.   

When to visit a doctor?  

The immediate dental need is if you’re experiencing discomfort or pain around the wisdom tooth for more than 3-4 days. This area is difficult to see. You’ll likely need a dental exam as well as an X-ray scan to determine the cause of your discomfort. If you suffer from wisdom tooth pain, you might also suffer from fever, chills, nausea, or headaches. It is important to seek an infection control procedure before it worsens.   

The following procedures may be used to treat a wisdom tooth infection:  

  • Medication   
  • Dental procedure     
  • Tooth extraction surgery  

Extractions Process  

Depending on the predicted difficulty of the wisdom teeth extraction and your degree of comfort, your dentist or oral surgeon may suggest one of three types of anesthesia.   

  • Local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth  
  • Sedation anesthesia relaxes you and blocks pain  
  • General anesthesia to make you sleep, so you feel nothing during the procedure.  

Your dentist will perform the following during wisdom teeth extraction:  

  • An incision in the gum tissue is to expose the tooth and bone.
  • Then the bone is removed, impeding access to the dental root.
  • It is easier to remove the tooth as the structure because of the section division.
  • The doctor extracts the tooth.
  • The doctor will remove all the materials located around the extracted tooth or bone.
  • The wound is closed with stitches for quick healing; however, this isn’t always necessary.
  • At last, gauze is placed over the extraction site to reduce bleeding and aid in forming a blood clot.

10 Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Extraction Infection  

  • Trouble in breathing or swallowing your meal.  
  • Excessive bleeding occurred at the operative site.  
  • Swollen gums around the extraction site.  
  • Bad breath or nasty taste in your mouth.  
  • Lack of sensation for more than 24 hours.
  • Pus in the socket.  
  • Minor pain while opening and closing your mouth.  
  • Oral discomfort.  
  • You may get a high fever within a week of the operation.  
  • Discharge of blood or pus through your nose.  

Cost for wisdom tooth removal  

The entire wisdom teeth removal usually takes 30- 60 minutes. The cost for wisdom tooth removal will depend on your needs and process. If you are experiencing wisdom tooth pain issues, you should consult your dentist and opt for wisdom tooth removal surgery.   

The recovery period after surgery  

Teeth Surgery is often accompanied by discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. Your doctor will provide instructions on managing discomfort, such as taking pain medication and applying cold compresses. Most people are able to return to normal activities within three days. It may take up to six weeks to completely heal. 

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