Wisdom teeth refer to the third molars that usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21 years old. However, often instead of making us wiser, they often cause painful dental complications. The best way to alleviate wisdom teeth pain is with wisdom teeth surgery.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that can be performed in-practice for the vast majority of patients, with most back to their usual routine within a day or two.
Here are some common reasons for wisdom teeth removal, how the procedure is performed, and some suggestions for quick and successful recovery so that you can feel comfortable, confident, and prepared for your wisdom teeth surgery.
Common Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is frequently suggested to extract wisdom teeth that are impacted. A wisdom tooth is considered impacted if it fails to erupt or only partially emerges from the gum. The tooth may grow at an angle, affecting surrounding teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding, misalignment, crookedness, bite issues, and severe discomfort. An orthodontist may also recommend wisdom tooth removal before beginning treatment.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can create pockets in the teeth and gums that trap food, increasing the likelihood of cavities, and may cause an infection known as pericoronitis.
Left unchecked, this can lead to swelling, stiffness in the jaw, and in severe cases, may spread to surrounding tissues.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are two types of wisdom tooth removal procedures, depending on the condition of your tooth. A simple wisdom teeth removal surgery is a standard procedure performed chairside in a dental practice quickly with little discomfort. It is recommended for wisdom teeth that have fully erupted from the gumline.
The dentist will begin by numbing the area around the wisdom tooth with a local anaesthetic. Next, they will gently widen the tooth socket, allowing them to rock the tooth back and forward until it comes out.
For an impacted or infected wisdom tooth, your dentist may recommend a complex wisdom tooth extraction. A complex procedure is performed at a dental hospital under general anaesthetic.
The dentist makes an incision in the gum to expose the impacted tooth. The tooth may need to be sectioned and removed piece by piece. The incision is then sutured and packed with gauze.
Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions
After wisdom teeth removal, as the anaesthetic starts to wear off, slight discomfort and swelling is normal, and can last for up to one week after surgery.
Your dentist will send you home with a prescription for antibiotics and a plan to manage any discomfort, which may include pain medication or recommendations for over the counter remedies.
They’ll also advise you about what types of foods to eat and behaviours to avoid, like spitting, smoking, or drinking through a straw. It is crucial to follow your dentists’ advice to protect the clot that forms naturally at the healing site. This reduces the risk of a painful secondary complication known as dry socket.
Ensure you understand all prescribed instructions, and don’t hesitate to call the dentist’s practice if you need clarification.
Call Bright Dental Group for Fast Wisdom Tooth Removal
Alleviate your wisdom tooth discomfort with wisdom teeth surgery at Bright Dental Group Glenmore Park. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, patient-centred care.
Our dentist, Dr Kate Kim, has extensive experience in preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental care and keeps up with the latest treatments and technology with over 100 hours of national and international continual professional development per year.
Call (02) 4708 9691 to speak to the knowledgeable staff at Bright Dental Group to discuss your dental needs.