Eights are the teeth that give patients the most problems and inconvenience, especially when erupting in a position that prevents their complete eruption. Quite often, however, the problem is that they hardly fit in the mouth causing a lot of trouble. If the figure eight eruption has stopped and the tooth is invisible, its position is often incorrect, which can damage the roots of the remaining molars. Stopping may be painful and cause swelling. Additionally, eights are most prone to caries because access to them is difficult. This makes it much more difficult to clean them, and the food remaining in their vicinity causes the formation of bacteria.
Practical tips – how to prepare for the treatment:
- at the first consultation visit, the doctor takes a pantomographic picture, thanks to which he can see the position of the tooth and the course of its roots;
- it is best for the patient to spend about 2-3 days for possible control in the event of any side effects. Most often, on the second or third day, swelling may occur, which is a natural reaction of the body and should not worry the patient;
- before the treatment itself, it is best to eat a light but caloric meal;
- alcoholic beverages should not be consumed before the wisdom teeth are removed – they cause acidification of the body, which reduces the effects of anesthetics;
- it is important to rest and relax before the procedure, and trust the doctor’s knowledge and experience during the procedure.
Recommendations after tooth extraction:
- immediately after the procedure, remember to hold a dressing next to the wound for half an hour in order to accelerate blood clotting;
- the pain felt after the procedure can be relieved with painkillers. It is also very helpful to use cold compresses immediately after the treatment. Sometimes, after removing eights, it is necessary to use stronger drugs or antibiotics, as prescribed by the doctor;
- for two hours after the procedure it is forbidden to eat and drink, especially hot and carbonated drinks;
- 48 hours must pass from the moment of tooth extraction to be able to rinse the mouth with the rinse indicated by the doctor. This should be done gently so as not to break the blood clot;
- in case of any disturbing symptoms, make an appointment or contact your doctor.
Surgical removal of eights is a standard procedure in dental surgery. The procedure of removing the eights is performed under local anesthesia in order to reduce the patient’s discomfort. The approximate duration of the procedure is determined individually, based on a clinical and radiological examination by a doctor. Sometimes the surgical removal of eights means the need to suture tissues.