The wisdom tooth is the last molar tooth to appear in the mouth during late teens or early twenties. It often becomes impacted when there is not enough jaw space for the tooth to come out of the gums.
What are the complications of impacted wisdom tooth?
Impacted wisdom tooth may cause:
- gum disease
- bad breath
- decay to adjacent tooth
- limited mouth opening
When should you consult a dentist?
Consult your dentist if you have the following conditions:
- Swelling of the gums around the tooth
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Limited mouth opening
What can you do to relieve pain?
Seek treatment as soon as possible.
You may try the following remedies to relieve your pain:
- take a painkiller
- rinse regularly with warm salt water
- floss gently to remove anything in between your teeth
- numb your gums e.g. by sucking on ice
The following treatment may be given:
- The tooth and surrounding gums are cleaned and irrigated with normal saline.
- Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is any sign of infection.
- If the tooth is not impacted;
- the overlying gums may need to be incised
- If the tooth is impacted and the problems recur: – the tooth may need to be surgically removed
- X-rays may be taken to see the position of the tooth.
|Last reviewed||:||20 April 2012|
|Writer||:||Dr. Chew Yoke Yuen|
|Dr. Norrizan bt. Basir|
|Dr. Doreyat b. Jemun|
|Dr. Che Noor Aini bt. Che Omar|
|Reviewer||:||Dr. Marzuki b. Zainal Abidin|