At some point, most people have to go through the experience of wisdom teeth removal in their life. It usually develops into impacted wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to appear in the mouth or develop normally. Wisdom teeth may grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar), grow at the back of the mouth, and grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone. Most dentists suggest getting wisdom teeth pulled-out, as it increases the pain and difficulty in maintaining overall dental health.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth that are present at the back of the mouth. It is usually the last teeth to appear in the mouth consisting of four teeth located at the back of the mouth, two on the top and two on the bottom. Some individuals may not have even one wisdom tooth whereas some have all four wisdom teeth in their mouth. Wisdom teeth typically start growing between the ages of 17 to 25.
Moreover, impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, inflammation, and pain if it not removed. However, you may not have to remove your wisdom teeth if they are not impacted and have enough space to grow in properly. But they may cause temporary infection around the affected area called pericoronitis. So visit your dentist to resolve such infection, and then your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
The reason an individual needs to get wisdom teeth removed is that the mouth has no room to fit this last set of teeth. Without enough room for the emerging wisdom teeth to grow correctly, you run the risk of tooth damage as they can crowd the other teeth, making them crooked and pushing them out of alignment.
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth and making them difficult to clean and maintain which increases the risk of decay and gum diseases. Another reason an individual need to remove wisdom teeth is when they are impacted and unable to erupt through the gums. Here, a fluid collected around the tooth formed a cyst. This cyst can grow and cause damage to the jaw bone structure and function and also damage to nerves in the mouth, in turn, increasing the risk of growing into a tumour.
Due to these potential problems, many dentists and dental surgeons recommend removing wisdom teeth to prevent future dental health problems.
What is the procedure for wisdom teeth removal?
The dentist or oral surgeon will initially examine the wisdom teeth to determine if they need to be removed. Then, X-rays of the mouth will be taken to get a clear view of the position and growth of the wisdom teeth. Depending on the individual case and their preference, local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia or intravenous (IV) anaesthesia may be placed to numb the area and minimize discomfort.
The oral surgeon provides an incision around the target tooth and removes some of the surrounding bone to extract the tooth. After the wisdom tooth is removed, the incision in the gum tissue may be closed with stitches. The dentist will provide instructions on how to care for the extraction site and manage any pain and swelling.
The exact procedure may vary based on the individual case and the experience of the dentist. To remove your wisdom teeth visit Divya Smile Dental Care Clinic, Kathmandu.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The average cost of wisdom teeth removal ranges depending on the patient’s unique situation. Wisdom teeth removal cost varies throughout cities and in Kathmandu, at Divya Smile Dental Care Clinic, they start at NPR 2000 per tooth and NPR 8000 to NPR 18,000 for all four teeth, including additional costs such as a panoramic x-ray of teeth, exam fees, and sedation.