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Wisdom teeth usually begin developing in a person’s teen years and may persist well into their late 20s. This third set of molar teeth may never cause any problems or could require extraction due to complications.
Everyone doesn’t need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Still, some people will need to do so due to obstacles such as pain, impaction, crowding, and damage to their adjacent teeth. Some people have impacted wisdom teeth, meaning they don’t come in correctly and remain trapped beneath the gums or partially emerge through the mouth. This can result in severe pain, infection, damage to other teeth or even require emergency surgery if left untreated.
To find out whether you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you must consult your dentist. A thorough assessment of wisdom teeth, including diagnostics like X-rays, will be done to determine the position of your wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth will be examined to determine if they are healthy and properly positioned.
Get a thorough assessment of your wisdom teeth concerns by our oral health care professionals. We use X-rays to determine their positioning and if removal is necessary.
Our gentle and experienced dentists perform efficient wisdom teeth extractions with various sedation options available for your comfort, including prescription medication and general anesthesia.
At Smiles in Currambine, we offer payment plans to make high-quality dental care affordable. Visit us to discuss your treatment options for wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth don’t have to be removed for everyone, but some people do for reasons like:
- Dental pain or discomfort- Impacted wisdom tooth- Damage to adjacent teeth- Crowding due to the pressure from your wisdom teeth- Gum disease- Irreversible tooth decay- The presence of cysts or tumours- Preparation for periodontal therapy or orthodontic treatment
Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour. First, we’ll take an X-ray of your jaw to determine the position of each third molar. If we believe extraction is the best dental treatment for you, we can remove all four teeth at the same appointment, primarily if sedation is used. There are several anaesthetic methods used to remove wisdom teeth. We may use nitrous oxide, prescription medication, or general anaesthesia, depending on the required comfort level and the complexity of the procedure.
During the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. They will then remove any bone that is blocking your tooth root. Once the bone has been removed, the wisdom tooth will be divided into smaller sections, making molar extraction easier. Afterwards, they will remove the wisdom tooth, root pieces, and excess bone. Any open wounds will be stitched up, if necessary, to promote the healing process. Finally, they will apply gauze to the extraction site so blood clots can form.
The amount of time it takes to recover is determined by the type of anaesthetic used. After the wisdom teeth extraction, you will be brought to a recovery room if you were given sedation or a general anaesthetic. You would be given adequate time in the dentist’s chair to recover if local anaesthetic had been used. The dentist will let you know if you’ll need a friend or relative to bring you home after the wisdom teeth extraction process and if you’ll need assistance with post-operative care.
You’ll gradually regain sensation in your mouth while you recuperate from surgery. It’s normal to have some pain and swelling. On the first day after surgery, there will be blood in your mouth. You’ll be given aftercare instructions and when and how to take the pain relief meds you’ve been prescribed. Make sure you have a variety of soft foods on hand that will not aggravate your extraction sites. Yogurt, ice cream, and gelatine are all suitable examples.
Most patients recover completely within three to four days after wisdom teeth extraction. It may take a week for your teeth to recover if they were impacted or came in at an incorrect angle. After a week, most people are able to resume their day-to-day activities.
- Bleeding is to be expected for the first few hours after surgery. However, persistent and excessive bleeding could mean no blood clot is forming where your teeth used to be, that stitches have come undone, or that the hole left by your wisdom tooth never closed. If bleeding persists, contact your dentist.
- When your wisdom tooth is removed, a blood clot forms over the tooth socket. A blood clot protects wounds and repairs bone and dental nerve endings. Until your wisdom tooth holes have fully healed, the blood clot must remain in place. If the clot becomes dislodged, the recovery time after wisdom teeth removal will be extended, as well as expose the infection-prone socket where your wisdom tooth was once located. Moreover, it will be painful. Talk to your dentist if you suspect a dry socket.
- Dental pain and swelling are normal occurrences after wisdom tooth extraction. However, pain and swelling are also the most common signs of infected wisdom tooth holes. If you continue to experience these symptoms after your extraction, you should seek medical attention. You may have an infection if you experience a yellowish discharge, a foul smell or taste inside your mouth, or maybe even a fever after wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Wisdom tooth extraction cost can range from $300 to $500 per tooth. If local, sedation, or general anaesthesia is used, it can cost up to $2,000 or $3,000 per tooth.
Wisdom tooth removal costs are influenced by factors such as the complexity of the procedure, the type of anaesthesia used, and the number of wisdom teeth that need to be removed.
- Avoid hot food because it can burn the surgery site, and nuts or seeds that could get stuck in the surgical wound. You can only consume soft foods like smoothies, soups, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes for two days after surgery.- Within 24 hours following dental surgery, it is not recommended to brush, spit, or rinse your mouth.- During the first 24 hours, avoid drinking alcohol, soda, coffee, or hot beverages.- On the day after surgery, you can resume normal activities. Still, you should avoid any strenuous activity that could dislodge stitches or the blood clot in your surgical wound.- To prevent dry sockets, smoking or vaping should be avoided for one week after surgery.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort related to your wisdom teeth or are considering proactive extraction, don’t hesitate to seek professional care. Book your wisdom teeth removal appointment now and take a proactive step towards maintaining your oral health.
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