Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth also known as your third adult molars, are your last set of teeth to erupt or as many find out, get stuck from correct vertical eruption. The age of eruption generally varies from person to person with the average age being 18 to 30. Their eruption as many patients find out can be variable with many experiencing discomfort as they are not perfectly straight which can cause food impaction.
Here at Haberfield Dental Practice we provide the option of wisdom teeth removal in the chair using local anaesthetic or using IV Twilight sedation.
WHY REMOVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH?
Naturally if your wisdom teeth come out perfectly vertical and you can maintain good oral hygiene, you do not need to remove them. However, the majority of the time wisdom teeth become impacted, i.e. they are either partially erupted or stuck under the gum. Leaving them in their impacted position could cause various issues including:
- Impacted wisdom teeth can cause food impaction, which risks causing decay on the tooth in front
- Infection causing bacteria will harbour around impacted wisdom teeth which in turn will cause pain and swelling
- Impacted teeth may cause pressure on the surrounding teeth which can lead to pressure pain or even moving your teeth; what we call crowding
- In rare occasions, cysts can develop around wisdom teeth which can damage the surrounding bone and tissue.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED?
Wisdom teeth problems aren’t always obvious. Sometimes, tooth decay or cysts can develop without pain. That is why regular dental check-ups are important. Warning signs that could mean you need your wisdom teeth removed include:
- Pain or soreness in the vicinity of your last teeth
- Radiating pain up to the ear
- Food impaction between your wisdom tooth and second molar
- Gum swelling and disease
- Removal to provide space for tooth movement (orthodontics).
The process of removing wisdom teeth varies from tooth to tooth.
The removal of upper wisdom teeth is generally more straightforward and can be done in the chair. If lower wisdom teeth are impacted, the surgery can be more complex and it may be more comfortable to have the treatment performed under sedation in our surgery or with a specialist.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, the surgery may start with an incision in the gums to access the affected tooth followed by some bone removal if required. Once access has been made, specialised instruments are used to loosen the tooth and remove it, sometimes in multiple parts. When the surgery is completed, the gums are stitched back together.
Your healing time depends on a number of factors, including the degree of impaction, your age and your health status. Some people will only notice minor discomfort whilst others may experience significant pain and swelling. Here at Haberfield Dental, we can provide expert advice on what to expect before, during and after the procedure.
To support your recovery and minimise the chance of unwanted complications:
- We encourage you to limit physical activity for at least 72 hours after having your wisdom teeth removed
- Take pain medications and/or antibiotics as recommended
- Observe a soft diet with room temperature food for the first few days
- Refrain from smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol for at least 72 hours. This will reduce your risk of developing a painful condition known as a dry socket.
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