Save Your Other Teeth and Your Oral Health With Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are not always a cause for concern. Unfortunately, they can often be impacted or do not have enough space to erupt. Eventually, this can cause all kinds of problems, including constant pain, infection, swelling in the jaw, headaches, damage to nearby teeth, and even crowding.
You will likely have to have your wisdom tooth extracted if it is impacted. Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure that removes one or more wisdom teeth from their socket. It is a common procedure often recommended by dentists as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of developing future problems.
Our recommendation is to have your wisdom teeth examined as early as possible to avoid problems later. Regular dental check-ups at Joondanna Family Dental will allow our skilled dentists to determine if wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Our dentists will ensure that you will experience a positive and painless wisdom tooth removal.
Advantages of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Improve Oral Health: One of the essential advantages of having your wisdom teeth removed is that it will make your teeth easier to keep clean and healthy. Wisdom teeth can develop at an awkward angle or wedge themselves into adjacent teeth when they become impacted. These conditions make it difficult to brush or floss properly.
When wisdom teeth are removed, the teeth are easier to clean. At Joondanna Family Dental, we offer wisdom teeth removal to keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities. We can extract your wisdom teeth quickly and painlessly, so you can enjoy a healthy mouth.
Prevent Pericoronitis and Other Infections: When a wisdom tooth is still partially erupting, food debris and plaque can accumulate, which may cause gum swelling, tooth decay, or an infection called pericoronitis. In pericoronitis, bacteria from food debris and plaque become trapped between the gum and the impacted tooth. Unless treated, this bacterial infection can spread to the neck or throat.
Joondanna Family Dental offers wisdom teeth extraction to patients to help reduce the risk of oral infection and disease. Our skilled dentists can remove wisdom teeth before they have a chance to cause problems. You can rest assured that your wisdom teeth will be removed quickly and with minimal discomfort.
Prevent the Movement of Other Teeth: Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt, and they can often cause problems when they come in. They may be positioned incorrectly, meaning they don’t fit properly in the mouth. This can cause them to be crowded, which can lead to further orthodontic issues.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we can prevent these problems from occurring by removing wisdom teeth. With wisdom teeth removal, we can create more space in the mouth and reduce the risk of overcrowding. This will help maintain healthy teeth and give you a straighter smile.
Protect Other Teeth: Wisdom tooth pressure can weaken and damage neighbouring roots. They can wear away natural tooth enamel, making your teeth susceptible to cavities and bone loss. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can crowd nearby teeth and cause them to shift out of alignment.
By removing wisdom teeth, Joondanna Family Dental can help protect neighbouring teeth from damage. Our dentists are highly skilled at performing wisdom teeth removal efficiently and quickly with minimal discomfort for our patients. Joondanna Family Dental can help you keep your smile healthy for years to come.
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FAQs about Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most wisdom teeth do not become tender until they have caused damage. It is best to have them investigated before they come through, typically as teenagers.
It is best to remove wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 and 20, since they do not have enough space to grow. The jaw does not have sufficient room for the natural eruptions of wisdom teeth. They can grow in different directions, even horizontally. Getting treatment early prevents complications later in life.
As you age, your wisdom tooth roots extend further, so it’s a good idea to have them removed while you’re still young. When you get older, your bones become denser. When teeth are extracted later, recovery may be more difficult and take longer. Wisdom tooth extraction when you are young may produce better results.
Wisdom teeth are not always problematic. However, some emerge from the gums at odd angles, pushing into existing teeth or the gums. This is referred to as impaction.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can be painful and cause infection. In addition, they can be difficult or painful to brush. Bacteria can become trapped, leading to tooth decay and gum infection. When wisdom teeth are crowded in the upper jaw, they can grow sideways and irritate the cheeks, leading to ulcers and difficulty chewing.
As sedation options are available for wisdom tooth extraction, this extraction procedure is relatively painless. To make wisdom tooth removal as stress-free as possible, we offer a range of sedation options. In-chair sedation with local anaesthesia, oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and intravenous sedation are available at Joondanna Family Dental.
Wisdom teeth removal can cause the following complications:
- Bleeding usually occurs within the first few hours. However, bleeding that persists may indicate that there is no blood clot forming, stitches have come undone, or the hole left by the wisdom tooth did not close. Contact your dentist if the bleeding continues.
- Once your wisdom teeth are removed, a blood clot forms over the tooth socket. The blood clot acts as a wound protector and aids in the repair of bone and nerve endings. Blood clots must remain in place until the wisdom tooth holes have healed completely. A dislodged clot is painful and will prolong your recovery time from wisdom teeth removal. It will also expose an infection-prone socket where your wisdom tooth once resided. Your dentist should be notified right away if you suspect a dry socket.
- Extraction of a wisdom tooth may be followed by swelling and discomfort. This is normal. However, they can also be signs that your wisdom tooth holes are infected. Consult your dentist if you experience these symptoms a few days after your extraction. The most obvious signs of an infection after wisdom teeth extraction are a yellow discharge, a bad taste or odour in the mouth, and possibly even a fever.
We at Joondanna Family Dental will walk you through the process of taking care of your mouth after having a wisdom tooth removed. Below are some of the things we will discuss:
- Strictly do NOT smoke or vape for 48 hours after the surgery.
- Strictly do NOT drink alcohol for 48 hours after surgery.
- Take medication as prescribed by your dentist. Always follow aftercare instructions and alert us of possible allergies or reactions.
- You may use warm salt water to gargle – but no earlier than 24 hours post-surgery.
- Do not use a straw while drinking.
- Eat only soft, easy-to-chew foods for the next few days, as your jaw will feel stiff when opening.
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity.
Since treatment costs vary from patient to patient, it is best to schedule an appointment with Joondanna Family Dental so we can provide you with an accurate quote after examining your wisdom teeth.