What you need to know before having your wisdom teeth removed
Wisdom teeth, also known as third or final molars, come through during the late teens to early twenties. The reason wisdom teeth cause problems is by the time they erupt, your jaw has finished growing and cannot accommodate new teeth. This causes pain and discomfort, creating a need for extraction.
Do I have to get my wisdom teeth removed?
The answer to this question depends on your jaw and how your wisdom teeth develop. Some people’s wisdom teeth come through easily, and a very small percent of people don’t have wisdom teeth at all.
For the other 90% of the population, how your wisdom teeth come through will determine the best cause of action. It is quite common for wisdom teeth come through normally. Where they cause crowding only, removal is a simple extraction. In other cases, wisdom teeth become impacted and this can require surgery. The wisdom teeth don’t erupt normally, but rather erupt at an awkward angle, coming up against other teeth and never quite fully come through.
To find out the condition of your wisdom teeth a dental x-ray is taken. This will allow Dr Linh or Dr Tran to assess your oral situation and determine the best course of action.
Procedure for removing wisdom teeth
The process for removing impacted wisdom teeth usually follows a generalised process.
- Anaesthetic is applied: local, intravenous or general depending on the extent of treatment and your personal preference.
- An incision is made in your gum to expose the wisdom tooth and bone.
- If the bone blocks access to the tooth root, the bone will have to be removed.
- Depending on the position of the tooth it will either be removed whole or divided into small pieces.
- Wisdom tooth is removed.
- Extraction site is then cleaned, and if necessary stitched close.
- To assist in healing process, gauze is placed. This should help control bleeding and help in the formation of a blood clot.
Wisdom teeth removal aftercare
Depending on your level of sedation, you may be taken to a recovery room to let the effects of the anaesthetic dissipate. Your dentist will let you know prior to surgery whether you will be okay to drive yourself home or not, so you can arrange transport before your procedure.
After-care do’s and don’ts
To avoid complications and promote faster healing we recommend you:
- Don’t touch the site of the procedure—eat with the other side of your mouth for at least the next day or two.
- Don’t smoke—this has been known to encourage bleeding.
- Don’t use a straw—a straw may dislodge the blood cloth.
- Do use a cold pack to help reduce swelling
- Do eat soft foods for a few days and avoid hot drinks
- Do take it easy—avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week after the procedure
Wisdom teeth removal from Bonfire Dental in Jindalee
If you would like to know more about wisdom teeth removal, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.