How long does wisdom tooth pain last after extraction

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How long does wisdom tooth pain last after extraction

How long does wisdom tooth pain last after extraction

1) What wisdom teeth mean

"How long does wisdom tooth pain last" All of the 4 hindmost teeth. Which appear at the age of 20 are known as ‘wisdom teeth’. The wisdom teeth are the farthest and the final set of teeth adjacent to molars that most people get in their late teens (17--20). Historically, these teeth have been called ‘wisdom teeth’, because they occur more at a mature age. From babyhood till adolescence, teeth erupt in stages:

First incisors (These are primary and permanent teeth in the front part and usually the most visible of all teeth in the mouth. Humans have the total of 8 such teeth— 2 on the left and 2 on the right  side as well as 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom),

Canines (Also called ‘cuspids’ which are relatively long pointed.Humans have normally 32 teeth. And of them, canines consist of 4 teeth—2 in the upper and 2 in the lower jaw which are used in grasping foods,)

Premolars (Also known as ‘bicuspids’. These are transitional teeth which are located between canines and molar teeth. In humans there are in total 8 premolars in the mouth— 2 premolars per quadrant),

Molars (These are large and flat teeth at the back of the mouth. They are used mainly for grinding food before chewing and swallowing) and finally 3rd molars or popularly known as wisdom teeth. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, some have fewer and some have none. Some wisdom teeth partially erupt and some stay completely buried under the tissues.


2) What are functional utilities of wisdom teeth

When wisdom teeth appear correctly and in strong healthy form. Then they can be greatly used to grind the hard foods and bones in addition to hard fruits, such as nuts, coconuts, sugarcane etc. Additionally,  youths are sometimes found to cut ropes into pieces or extract the cork or cap, fixed to the mouth of  bottles containing juice or soft drinks, with the help of  wisdom teeth.


3) Why pain occurs in wisdom teeth

In normal condition of strong, healthy and correctly positioned wisdom teeth. There is no dental problem and consequently there arises no complain about discomfort or pain. But sometimes due to the awkward positioning of the wisdom teeth, while eating, grinding and chewing,  food particles  are deposited at the base. The deposited food particles cannot be cleaned for being trapped in between the teeth at the base level. As a result dental problems arise one after another in terms of  fungal infection, bad odor and  tooth decay. And in the initial stage one feels pain and discomfort while opening the mouth to eat or talk when it becomes essential to consult a dental surgeon for healing the pain.


4) How long does wisdom tooth pain last

When wisdom teeth are impacted or crowded causing a pain and oral discomfort. Dentists will then recommend whether to remove wisdom teeth or not.

(an impacted tooth is one that gets blocked while it is erupting. Wisdom teeth are often impacted. These erupt through the gums and out into the open. There are 4 common types of impactions which are: Horizontal impaction,  Distal impaction, Vertical impaction  and Mesial impaction.  Horizontal impaction is the most painful type of impaction. The impacted wisdom teeth lies horizontally and pushes into the molar next to it. If anyone suffers  from such impaction, he must immediately consult a physician or a dental surgeon.

An x-ray will help to determine whether there is horizontal impaction or not. In such case oral surgery may be recommended. Too much delay in surgery may invite risk of damaging the surrounding teeth. After extraction of the impacted tooth through surgery, the dental surgeon may  prescribe pain killers. Even antibiotics to minimize the risk of complications while healing the pain. Distal impaction is the least common among all types of impactions.

In such case  the wisdom teeth is angled towards the back of the mouth. Extraction will depend on the degree of angle of the wisdom teeth. Vertical impaction  occurs when tooth is angled in a state of almost vertical orientation. It may be slightly touching the tooth next to it. The chances of such vertical impaction is quite high, but it requires least surgery. If surgery is required at all, then it is due to the impacted wisdom teeth causing pressure on the underside of the molar. Mesial impaction is another impaction which occurs when the wisdom tooth is angled towards the front of the  mouth. It is the most common type of impaction.


The angle

Angle the impacted wisdom teeth resides determines whether. It is an issue to be considered for surgery or not. A partial eruption is commonly found when the back of the impacted tooth pokes into the gums. These type of impacts are usually monitored by the dentists over a period of time. Which may go either way, i.e. extraction of the impacted wisdom teeth may or may not occur). Experts mostly believe that removal of  impacted wisdom teeth is the best option in stead of regularly taking pain killer only to nourish the pain creator. Normally one does not feel pain while extracting impacted wisdom teeth.

Because, the area around the impacted teeth will be made anesthetic and hence turned into numb having no feeling at all. Pain will be felt  only after the anesthetic impacts  fully cease to exist. However, some among the patients are found to get  scared at the surgical treatment  performed by the dental surgeon through extraction of wisdom teeth. Reluctance or skipping out on account of fear and tension will simply create a lasting dental problem.

Such fear or tension is more painful than the real pain during the post surgical period. After removal of wisdom teeth, recovery of pain takes normally 3—4 days, although it can be as long as one week depending on  how awkwardly the wisdom teeth were erupting. As a matter of fact, severity as well as duration of pain (after the wisdom teeth is extracted) varies from person to person depending on to what extent. And how many among  the wisdom teeth have been impacted and damaged in addition to age and general health condition of the patient. In this context severity and duration of post surgical pain experienced by a few patients have been surveyed which are discussed in brief :


4.1) Survey results on patients experiencing pains after removal of wisdom teeth:

4.1,1)  In case   of a few other  patients  after removal  of all the 4 impacted teeth, there was  observed unbearable pain and sleepless nights for a week, still after medication

4,1,.2)   In another study, after removal of the impacted wisdom teeth, pain was found to  continues for 10 days or more, but not as severe as the condition deserving a  pain killer to take.

4,1.3)  In a specific study  on a patient (age late 40s) all the 4 wisdom teeth were surgically removed. After taking pain killer for a week, pain subsided and swelling disappeared. The general physician checked the mouth and no oral infection was detected.

4.1.4) In another survey on 24 female patients, all  the 4 wisdom teeth were removed. The survey result reveals that it took around a week for the pain to be mitigated after taking sedatives, drinking plenty of water and rest.

4.1.5)  In another study on a patient (age  45 ) it is revealed that after having the wisdom teeth extracted, adversities came in battalions one after another, such as pain in the gum pocket emerging in the wake of extraction, headache, nausea and stomach pain. After a few days pain subsided, although, not fully.


4.2) Factors affecting severity and duration of pain after wisdom teeth extraction:

It has been mentioned that no 2 persons are alike un this world. Likewise , the severity and duration of pain in the wake of surgical extraction of wisdom teeth, to a large extent are influenced by medication, power and dosage of antibiotics. Position of wisdom teeth erupted and to what extent the wisdom teeth have been impacted or damaged and last but not the least the age factor as well as the general health condition of the patient. After extraction of teeth by the dental surgeon, the patient may be left with excruciating pain when usually, the pain killer ‘Acetaminophen’  is prescribed.

Additionally, one may also feel pain in the jaws  and the cheeks. The pain may hinder the wide opening of the mouth to bruise or chew properly. Often the pain with continuous bleeding is supposed to subside within the next 2—3 days. In such case  the type of wisdom teeth extracted will play a dominant role in the severity of pain.

4.2.1) In case of straight wisdom teeth (in such case wisdom teeth grow straight) the pain is expected to be less or moderate and reduce within a day or 2. But in case of the removal of impacted teeth, excruciating pain Is inevitable. As the surgical procedure involved in extracting the impacted teeth is more complex.


4.2.2) Even in case of extraction of multiple wisdom teeth (in such case one may have  more than 4 wisdom teeth, although it is rare),  pain is expected to diminish if the post surgical care instructions are meticulously followed.

4.2.3) A dry socket (dry socket is created  on account of the fact that during the wisdom teeth removal surgerya hole is drilled into the bone to pull out the intended wisdom teeth)  occurs about 3—4 days after surgical operation when it may be very painful. A blood clot is formed in a natural process to protect the exposed bone and the nerves beneath. If the blood clot gets disrupted or dislodged, it can give rise  to a very painful dry socket. In such case it becomes essential to consult a dental surgeon for treatment to hasten the healing process as soon as possible.

4.2.4) There is no prescribed and fixed time schedule for the pain to completely vanish after the wisdom teeth removal. Which to a considerable extent is influenced by a host of factors  including tolerance strength of the patient as well as the extent of complexity of the surgical operation performed. In the absence of a dry socket, the pain  is observed to completely vanish within 2 weeks from the day of the wisdom teeth extraction.

 4.2.5)  Age is another factor influencing the severity as well as the duration of pain after the wisdom teeth are extracted. The older the patient is, the stronger are the roots of the impacted wisdom teeth and therefore, pain is likely to be severer and stay longer.


5) Remarks:     

5.1) Anthropologists believe that the wisdom teeth were the indispensable instrument to the human beings of prehistoric age for consuming rough and uncooked foods, mainly roots, leaves, nuts, raw meat which require more grinding before swallowing the food

5.2) Wisdom teeth indicates the oral strength as well as self confidence to grind, chew and swallow any type of food and fruit .                                                                                                                         

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