Wisdom tooth: the solution to pain

Written by: Dr. Javier González Lagunas
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Wisdom teeth (third molars, also called wisdom teeth) usually appear on the tongue at about 18 years of age. As they are the last teeth that erupt, they often have space problems and are in a bad position, which in many occasions can cause alterations. That is why its extraction is important to avoid the complications derived from its bad position such as the pain of the wisdom teeth , infections and lesions in the gums that surround it, in the bone that surrounds it or in neighboring teeth .

The extraction of the wisdom tooth consists of a small intervention in the posterior part of the mouth, in which after an incision in the gum, a window is made in the bone that covers the tailpiece, then sectioned and proceed to its extraction. Although it is a treatment that can be performed under local anesthesia, we have other options for people with special needs.


Sedation against anxiety

Fear of a minor surgical intervention can lead to anxiety. To do this, intravenous sedation contributes to improving patient comfort , which also should not enter, and can be back home in a matter of hours.

Once the extraction is done, and as after any operation, discomforts such as inflammation in the area or difficulties to open the mouth can be expected.. The advice is to partially limit the activity and adapt the diet for a few days to the circumstances. In addition, the medication we will advise will allow you to resume your activity shortly.


Complications, preventable

The extraction of wisdom teeth in some patients is accompanied by the risk of suffering a nerve injury. This lesion is rare but it can be accompanied by an alteration of the sensitivity in the area of ​​influence of the nerve.

To prevent complications it is best to resort to professionals with extensive experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery. A proper case planning is essential to locate the risk areas, as well as work in a high security environment for the patient. This planning can include special scanners or the use of navigation software.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Javier González Lagunas
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. González Lagunas is a renowned specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It is recognized internationally and has over 20 years of experience. He is an expert in cases of temporomandibular joints, orthognathic surgery, pre-prosthetic surgery, dental implants and rhinoplasty. Throughout his career he has combined his clinical work with teaching, being professor of the Faculty of Dentistry and Medicine. Moreover, he has given several conferences in national and international events and has authored and co-authored books and book chapters specialty. He is currently the medical director of QMax Dental Unit Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry of Chiron Hospital of Barcelona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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