Wisdom teeth

Third molars – also known as wisdom teeth – frequently cause problems. Before they erupt, you may feel pronounced pressure for weeks, although in some cases they may not erupt at all. When they do, they may change even a completely regular dentition, potentially contributing to the crowding of the anterior teeth. If you cannot clean your rearmost molars prop-erly, they may become inflamed, with the inflammation spreading to the neighbouring teeth.

What to do with wisdom teeth?

Often, the full development of your wisdom teeth is restricted because there is not enough space for them in your jaws. Occasionally, the third molar may not grow in the right direc-tion. The tooth may not break through the gum sufficiently or at all, making the proper cleansing of the tooth impossible. Even if it fully erupts, a wisdom tooth may be difficult to clean with a toothbrush because of its rearmost position and because of its close proximity to the second molar.

If a wisdom tooth erupts only halfway through the gum and ends up being impacted into the neighbouring tooth, the bacteria in the patient’s mouth can get under the gum and cause inflammation. This may lead to severe pain, swelling, or even jaw stiffness. The infection does not only threaten the health of the wisdom tooth but also that of its neighbours. As this area is difficult to clean, continuous plaque formation may lead to dental decay also on the neighbouring teeth.

Wisdom teeth may become inflamed any time even after their eruption, causing discomfort and pain. It is a good idea to get rid of your rearmost molars in order to protect all your other healthy teeth around them.


How are wisdom teeth removed at Dentha Dentistry Szeged?

We remove fully erupted wisdom teeth under local anaesthesia. However, unerupted wis-dom teeth – still in development but already causing problems – may require minor surgery. Naturally, this intervention is also performed under local anaesthesia and is therefore pain-free. During surgery, we make an incision in the gum right above the unerupted wisdom tooth and then gently remove it, making sure we do not damage any of the neighbouring teeth. Finally, in order to prevent germs from getting into the wound, we stitch the wound with suture. Seven days later the sutures are removed.

If all four wisdom teeth must be removed and you prefer a single intervention to get rid of all of them quickly, it is possible to perform the operation under general anaesthesia at the oral surgery clinic of the Dental School in Szeged. This usually involves a one-night stay at the clinic. The alternative of removing your four wisdom teeth in two sessions – first the lower and the upper wisdom teeth on one side and then, two weeks later, the remaining ones on the other side – is just as good a solution and this may be done at our dentistry. In this case, local anaesthesia is perfectly sufficient to ensure that the intervention is pain-free.

Patients who have had negative experiences before and are anxious about dental interven-tions may seek the help of our general anaesthetist, who, in addition to applying local anaes-thesia, will also administer a mixture of gases to the patient to help him or her relax and calm down. Called conscious sedation, this procedure keeps the patient in a stage between consciousness and being fast asleep. If you are interested in this extra service, please tell us in advance so we can make the necessary appointment.

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