Wisdom tooth removals are common dental procedures, which means they are usually planned in advance. However, some patients need emergency wisdom tooth removal. In these cases, a quick tooth extraction is needed to protect the patient’s health or to reduce extreme pain. In this article, we’ll explain who needs emergency wisdom tooth removal. We’ll also give you our top tips for avoiding this surgery.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Many people grow wisdom teeth, or a third set of molars, in their late teens or early 20s. However, most people who grow these teeth do not have the jaw space for them to grow in properly. Wisdom teeth that cannot emerge properly will push against the patient’s other teeth, which can lead to pain, alignment issues, and even oral disease. Therefore, most people who grow wisdom teeth will need to have them extracted.
Planned Vs. Emergency Surgery
Extractions are generally planned out ahead of time. Extracting the teeth before they start to cause problems leads to a quicker and simpler recovery. Plus, it’s just less stressful to have a planned operation! But of course, some patients wait until they have negative symptoms to book their extractions. Many patients also wait until the pain is unbearable or until they have an emergency dental proatient’s mouth and prevent the loss of additional teeth.
Signs You Need Emergency Wisdom Tooth Removal
For most patients, extreme tooth pain is the reason that they visit an emergency dentist or oral surgeon. Pain that prevents you from speaking, eating, or also brushing your teeth is always a red flag. Other patients will have clear signs of an infection, cyst, or gum disease. If you have oral pain, bleeding, swelling, visible tooth damage, or other oral issues, then you might need an emergency tooth removal. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Protecting Your Health
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