Wisdom tooth is the third molar right at the back of your mouth, and is usually the last to erupt in the mouth around the age of 17 to 25. The most common problem with lower wisdom teeth is that they get impacted and do not grow out straight. Being partially hidden beneath the gums in most cases, they are hard to brush, and a good place for food to be trapped. This may eventually result in the gums getting infected and swollen, or may even cause decay of the second molar tooth next it due to the inability to maintain good hygiene at that region.
How to remove?
During consultation, your dentist will take an X-ray to determine if your wisdom tooth requires a surgery to remove. If your wisdom tooth is growing out straight, it may be possible to remove it by a normal extraction procedure. For most cases, wisdom tooth surgery is performed under local anaesthesia.
Wisdom tooth surgery is not as scary as it sounds. It is just a minor surgery which involves the lifting of overlying gums to expose the tooth hidden beneath. The wisdom tooth may then be sectioned into smaller pieces to be removed. After the surgery, the gums will be stitched back. Bite tight on a piece of gauze over the area for about half an hour to stop the bleeding. Painkillers, antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed after the surgery. Some minor bleeding and facial swelling may be noticed over the week. One week after, there will be a follow-up appointment for stitches to be removed.