In some patients, wisdom teeth or third molars have to be extracted surgically. The common conditions that require surgical extraction of the wisdom tooth are if the tooth is trapped within the jawbone, if it has only partially erupted, or if it is growing at an angle. The surgical removal of an impacted wisdom tooth is called impaction.
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I have to get three of my wisdom teeth removed. Is it better to get them removed by a general dentist, or must I consult an oral surgeon?
Query: Hi doctor, I went to my dentist yesterday to get an X-ray to see if I need my wisdom teeth removed. I need to get my three teeth removed, two on top and one on the bottom that is turned almost 180 degrees, so he said it would be a little complicated to remove, but he can do it. He gave me the option... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. By looking at your X-ray, even I would suggest you get it removed by an oral surgeon, as he would be able to plan the procedure better. The tooth is located quite close to a nerve, so it will be better for you... Read Full »
My mother is diabetic and has been asked to undergo wisdom tooth extraction. Will she have any complications?
Query: Hello doctor, My mom is a diabetic patient. Yesterday she had undergone a root canal and now she has been asked to remove her wisdom tooth (horizontal impaction of the wisdom tooth). Is it fine for her to do it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your chief complaint suggests that the wisdom tooth is to be removed for your mother who is a diabetic patient. Diabetic patients need special care and precautionary measures during extraction due to the following risks: Chances of infections. Bleeding. Dela... Read Full »
I cannot normally open my mouth after wisdom tooth removal and have earache. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, My lower right wisdom tooth was removed ten days back. I got my stitches removed three days back. But, I cannot normally open my mouth like before, and sometimes I suffer from earache. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Wisdom tooth extraction often leads to difficulty opening the mouth for quite some time. You need to wait for at least two more weeks for complete healing. To improve the mouth opening, you can start with warm saline gargles at least five to six times a day for a wee... Read Full »
Is it safe for me to use anesthesia if I have sinus issues?
Query: Hello doctor, My question is whether or not it is safe for me to use anesthesia to fall asleep while having all four of my wisdom teeth removed. I am a quiet person and did not ask many questions during my consultation. I cannot breathe very easily through my nose because I have some sort of sinus i... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You do not have to worry at all. There will be people concerned by you. Having a sinus issue is not a contraindication for anesthesia. You can have sedation supplemented with local anesthetics. In case you need endotracheal intubation, that will be safer for you bec... Read Full »
My tongue and lip are numb nine hours after a tooth was removed. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, I just removed one wisdom tooth on my right side. It has been nine hours and the half of my tongue, lip and teeth are numb. What should I do? Is this permanent? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query. The numbness you are feeling is because of transient mandibular nerve palsy, which is the most common complication of the inferior alveolar nerve block. So, do not panic. It will be alright within 24 hours. You can put hot sand in a cl... Read Full »
Is extraction of wisdom teeth a highly complex procedure?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old girl. The doctor told me I should have surgery to cut and remove two teeth. I wonder if it will be a difficult operation or not? And is it possible that these teeth have not erupted at this age so far, and it is tempting for them to come out with the help of somethin... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. So maybe your wisdom tooth has not come out, and it is impacted, and the reason for this may vary, like lack of space, the tooth may be in different positions, or the tooth may be stuck in the bone. Get a dental X-ray to find out the position of the impacted tooth. P... Read Full »
My left lower wisdom tooth is partially erupting, horizontally impacted, slightly swollen, and tender. Can I wait for two more months to get it extracted?
Query: Hello doctor, My lower left wisdom tooth is partially erupting. It is a horizontal impaction, slightly swollen, and hurts when touched with the tongue and during eating. Earlier, when it happened, it was minimal, and it went away within days. Now, it is happening again. It is difficult to get an ext... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The wisdom tooth will have to be extracted on both sides eventually. Otherwise, the pain will keep on increasing. I can suggest antibiotics like Augmentin (Amoxycillin and Potassium Clavulanate) three times a day for a week, along with a painkiller to get relief. Still... Read Full »
What could be the reason for the tingling sensation in my lower jaw after the surgical removal of wisdom teeth?
Query: Hi doctor,I have had a surgical removal of wisdom teeth and cyst before one week. I have mild tingling sensation in the lower jaw for the past two days. I did root canal in the adjacent tooth before five years. I took CT scan and eat Renerve Plus capsules. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is been a week after your surgery, by now you should be alright. A mild tingling sensation indicates that the jaw nerve is still vital but it needs to be revitalized by antibiotics and antioxidant therapy. Send me your reports so that I can suggest medications. Read Full »
Is it safe for me to take Oxycodone in the thirtieth week of my pregnancy?
Query: Hello doctor, I am currently 30 weeks pregnant. I am scheduled to get my wisdom tooth extracted in a few days. My obstetrician gave my dentist the approval to prescribe analgesics for pain. But, I am worried since I have not taken anything for the pain my entire pregnancy besides Tylenol for headach... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The fear of congenital anomalies in the baby lasts till the 14th week of gestation, that is, till the organs are formed. Now that you are at the 30th week, where organs are well formed, Oxycodone may be used for pain-relief, for less than a week. It will not have any e... Read Full »
What is the reason for numbness and tingling sensation at the corner of my lip after removal of my wisdom tooth nine months ago?
Query: Hello doctor, I had my lower wisdom tooth on the left side removed nine months ago. It was the first time that I underwent a wisdom tooth removal. I was fine for a month; however, I started having numbness and tingling sensation at the corner of my lip. I thought it would fade away on its own, but i... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. Sometimes, the injection can be very close to the nerve, injuring it. Also, traumatic extractions that are time-taking can cause a nerve injury. Numbness is usually transient that subsides within two to six months a... Read Full »