Wisdom Tooth Removal

Problem: Impacted Wisdom Teeth.

Why Should They be Removed?

- Impacted wisdom teeth are those which have only partially erupted. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection under the gum. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness can result.

- Impacted wisdom teeth may continue growing without enough room, damaging adjacent teeth or jaw structure. This continued pressure can eventually destroy the healthy second molar tooth.

- A fluid filled sac (cyst) or tumour forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth-roots.

Why Remove the Teeth Early?

People between the ages of 16 and 19 should have their wisdom teeth evaluated. If they need to be removed, ideally it should be considered before age 20 when generally fewer complications will occur. At a younger age, tooth roots are not fully developed, the surrounding bone is soft and there is less chance of damage to nearby nerves or other structures. There is also less surgical risk and healing is generally faster.

Sometimes if your wisdom teeth are in a very difficult position to extract you will be referred to an oral surgeon. An Oral Surgeon is a dentist who specialises in oral and facial surgery which includes the removal of wisdom teeth.

What to Expect of the Procedure

Before surgery, we will explain in detail to you and the person accompanying you, what to expect, so you remain fully informed on your treatment. We will go through the consent form with you, and give you personalised instructions to follow. Keep in mind these general items, they will assist your surgery to go smoothly. Wear loose, comfortable clothing which will allow access to your arms, arrange to have a responsible adult to escort you home after the procedure and stay with you for the next 2 hours. Extractions, of impacted wisdom teeth, will generally cause some swelling and discomfort. The medication prescribed will provide pain control.

Some patients experience numbness or tingling in their lip, chin or tongue following surgery. Normal sensation usually returns over a period of time. Occasionally, a problem of healing, known as a dry socket occurs. This is when the blood clot breaks down earlier than normal. If this occurs a dressing can be placed in the socket, to protect it until the socket heals. Prior to the procedure of having your teeth out there is ample time to talk with us about any questions that you have. It is especially important to let us know on the day of your surgery, of any illness that you have and medication that you are taking. For more severe cases or for particularly anxious patients this procedure can undergo at the local hospital.

Your well being is our primary concern. If you feel your wisdom teeth may be a problem or want to have them assessed, contact our team to arrange a consultation.

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