Wisdom tooth removal patients
Wisdom tooth extraction patient's wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing a build-up of plaque, which can lead to:
- tooth decay (dental caries)
- gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontal disease)
- pericoronitis – when plaque causes an infection of the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth
- cellulitis – a bacterial infection in the cheek, tongue or throat
- abscess – a collection of pus in your wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue as a result of a bacterial infection
- cysts and benign growths – very rarely, a wisdom tooth that hasn't cut through the gum develops a cyst (a fluid-filled swelling)
Many of these problems can be treated with antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash.
Wisdom teeth removal is usually recommended when other treatments haven't worked.
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