What is wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom tooth removal is a dental procedure that involves the removal of one or more of the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. The third molars are typically the last teeth to erupt, and they usually do so between the ages of 17 and 25.
In some cases, wisdom teeth may not cause any problems and can be left in place. However, in other cases, they may become impacted, meaning that they do not erupt through the gum line properly. Impacted wisdom tooth can lead to pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth.
How does wisdom teeth removal work?
Wisdom tooth removal is typically performed by an oral surgeon under general anesthesia. The procedure involves making an incision in the gum tissue to access the wisdom teeth and then removing them. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may need to be removed in sections.
Once the wisdom teeth have been removed, the incisions will be closed with stitches. Recovery from wisdom tooth removal typically takes a few days to a week. During this time, it is important to eat soft foods and take pain medication as prescribed. Wisdom tooth removal is a relatively common procedure, and most people recover without any complications.
Benefits of Having Your Wisdom Teeth Out
Wisdom teeth tend to be more of a problem than they are worth, which is why most dentists recommend having them removed even if they are not causing any immediate problems. That being said, wisdom teeth extraction can be a great way to avoid potential problems down the road.
There are several benefits to having your wisdom teeth removed, including:
1. Have a lower risk of developing cavities
When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can be difficult to clean. This can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar, which increases the risk of dental decay and cavities
2. Gum disease is less likely to develop
Impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to gum disease. This is because the gum tissue around the impacted tooth can become irritated and inflamed
3. Avoid excruciating pain
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain especially when they have not enough room to grow. When the wisdom tooth pushes against the adjacent teeth, it can damage the roots of those teeth and cause immense pain
4. Less likely to damage other teeth
Wisdom teeth that are not removed can crowd other teeth and cause them to become misaligned. This can lead to a whole host of other problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ
5. Have a more attractive smile
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause your smile to become crooked or misaligned. By having them removed, you can maintain a straight, healthy smile
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, contact Gorgeous Smiles Dentistry today. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (03) 9042 0483 for more information.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Treatment Process
Wisdom teeth surgery or extraction is a common treatment in dental surgery. It is frequently recommended as a preventative measure to safeguard your dental health and protect your other teeth from possible troubles. The majority of individuals can return to their normal activities within a few days following recovery.
The entire wisdom tooth removal treatment process generally takes place over the course of two visits to our office. During your initial consultation, one of our oral surgeons will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and take X-rays to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed
If it is determined that you do need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, the oral surgeon will develop a customised treatment plan for you. The plan will take into account any special considerations, such as your overall health, the position of your wisdom teeth, and whether or not they are impacted
Once the treatment plan is developed, you will be scheduled for a second appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the surgery. Once you are asleep, the oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums to access your wisdom teeth
After the incision is made, the oral surgeon will carefully remove your wisdom teeth. In some cases, the wisdom teeth will be removed whole. In other cases, they may need to be removed in pieces
Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, the incision in your gums will be closed with stitches. A gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site to help stop the bleeding. You will be given instructions on how to care for the extraction site as it heals.
You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery. It is important that you rest and avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after your surgery. You may experience some pain and swelling after your surgery, but this can be controlled with medication.
If you have any questions about wisdom tooth extraction, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today or schedule online.
How long does wisdom teeth pain last?
It generally takes a little over two weeks for the socket area to heal. You may experience more pain in the first few days following your procedure, but it should gradually get better each day. If you are experiencing severe pain for more than a week, please contact our office.
Is wisdom teeth removal right for me?
The best way to determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. They will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
I’m pregnant. Can I still have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth extractions can be performed during pregnancy, but the best time to do them is during the second trimester. Only necessary x-rays are taken while properly wearing a protective apron. This helps keep you and your baby safe.
Do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Depending on the position of your wisdom teeth and how much they have grown in, you may or may not need to have them removed. Our dentists will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if they need to be removed.
What happens if you don't get your wisdom teeth removed?
Actually, nothing will happen if you don't get your wisdom teeth removed. However, if they are not removed and become impacted (stuck under the gum tissue or bone), they can cause problems. Some problems include:
Crowding of other teeth
Cysts or tumors
Damage to other teeth
How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?
It can typically take up to two weeks for your gums and mouth to recover after wisdom teeth removal. You may experience the following symptoms during this time:
Swollen mouth and cheeks (this will worsen for the first few days but gradually improve; placing a cold cloth against your face can help minimise swelling).
Bleeding (your dentist will give you gauze to bite on to help stop the bleeding).
Pain and tenderness in your gums and around your mouth.
Difficulty opening your mouth (this is normal and will gradually improve as the numbness from the anesthesia wears off).
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
In case your dentist recommended wisdom teeth removal, you may be wondering how painful the procedure will be. The good news is that most people report minimal pain after wisdom tooth removal. In fact, most people only feel pain for the first day or two after the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
During the surgery, you will be given local anaesthetic to numb the area around your wisdom teeth. This will help keep you comfortable during the procedure. You may also be given sedation to help you relax.
After the procedure, you may feel some pain and soreness in your mouth. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, please contact our office.
Do's and don'ts after wisdom teeth removal?
To help ensure a speedy and complication-free recovery, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. These instructions may include:
Take your pain medication as prescribed.
Use an ice pack to reduce swelling (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off).
Eat soft foods and gradually introduce solid foods back into your diet.
Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Following these instructions will help you recover quickly and avoid any complications. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. We are here to help you through every step of the process.