WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION

The last teeth to emerge are your wisdom teeth. Referred to as your third set of molars, they generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. You can have as few as one or as many as four wisdom teeth.

Your jawbone is usually fully developed by the time you reach your late teens. Problems begin to occur with wisdom teeth as they grow and develop when there is not enough space at the back of your jaw to accommodate them and erupt without “impacting” on adjacent teeth, thus the reference “impacted wisdom teeth”.

Problems that occur with wisdom teeth can take several years to become apparent as their development is slow and they do not always cause pain or distress in their early stage. The crown of your wisdom teeth may remain under your gum-line or partially emerge before becoming trapped, as the roots can grow in different and unusual directions.

The best preventive remedy for wisdom teeth is removal. It is estimated that over 80% of wisdom teeth will require extraction, sooner rather than later is generally considered the better option. If left, extraction of wisdom teeth can be a more arduous procedure resulting in a longer healing period and can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, which can be the cause ongoing dental health problems and further tooth loss.

You may experience some post-operative swelling and soreness, which will recede after a few days, a cold compress or ice pack can assist reducing pain and swelling. Over the counter pain relief medication can help manage any discomfort. Abstain from smoking and consuming alcohol for at least three days following surgery, and eat a soft food diet such as soups, pureed vegetables and drink plenty of fluids, preferably water not sports or soft drinks.

If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth extraction, or to schedule an assessment appointment with one of our dentists, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly, highly trained team. We are here to help you.

You may experience some post-operative swelling and soreness, which will recede after a few days, a cold compress or ice pack can assist reducing pain and swelling. Over the counter pain relief medication can help manage any discomfort. Abstain from smoking and consuming alcohol for at least three days following surgery, and eat a soft food diet such as soups, pureed vegetables and drink plenty of fluids, preferably water not sports or soft drinks.

If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth extraction, or to schedule an assessment appointment at Dental Health Care Associates, Melbourne 3000 with one of our dentists, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly, highly trained team. We are here to help you.

Not everyone will have trouble with their wisdom teeth, while some people may only have problems with a few. Our team at Dental Health Care Associates conducts a thorough examination involving a full set of x-rays, an oral exam of your gum tissue, and general dental health, this will determine your likelihood of developing problems.

Factors that may indicate your chance of developing problems include; the size of your jawbone, the directions that your teeth are growing, and if their eruption will cause crowding of your teeth; additionally this can result in severe pain, swelling or cysts.

We will develop with you a treatment programme and advise on what you can do to hasten your recovery and make your procedure as easy as possible; this may include refraining from smoking, and undertaking a rigorous oral hygiene routine to achieve optimal oral health prior to surgery. Depending on your personal situation, the number of teeth being removed and the severity of their impact, we may remove them at our practice under a local anaesthetic or under a general anaesthetic in hospital day surgery.