Wisdom teeth usually grow much later than other permanent teeth, usually during late adolescence or early adulthood. If there isn’t enough room for these new teeth to grow into, your Chatswood dentist may recommend removing some or all of them.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth sometimes aren’t a big deal. The size of your jaw will determine whether you have any issues with them. When a wisdom tooth can’t get enough space to come through, it may erupt at an angle. Before too long, the impacted tooth will start pushing against another nearby molar, causing pain and irritation in your cheek or gums.
Impacted teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum infection, and damage to nearby teeth. Extracting the wisdom tooth could be the best solution to resolve these issues and prevent recurring infections.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
At your dentist’s office, the procedure will begin with local anaesthesia to numb or sedate you. During a wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Creates an incision in the gums to expose the bone and affected tooth
- Cuts away the bone that may be blocking access to the root of the tooth
- Divides the tooth into sections or pieces to make it easier to remove
- Completely takes out the tooth
- Cleans the surgical site of any debris during surgery
- Closes the wound through stitching if necessary
- Controls bleeding by applying gauze on the surgical site
Your dentist or surgeon can explain instructions for recovery and what you should expect based on the procedure done. Wisdom teeth removal may cause swelling or some bleeding, but over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol will help alleviate any discomfort.
If you experience any alarming signs or symptoms, such as excessive bleeding, fever, severe pain, or swelling, don’t hesitate to see your dentist again for emergency care and treatment.
Eating and Drinking Post-Surgery
Avoid hard and chewy foods for four days after surgery. Your dentist or surgeon will recommend when it is okay to start eating again but avoid anything that requires a lot of chewing. A soft diet such as soup may be best. Try lighter dishes like mashed potatoes while healing from your procedure.
Risks of Getting Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Most wisdom tooth extractions result in few or no long-term complications. The most common post-surgical issues include dry socket and infections, both of which are manageable with medication and professional treatment.
Deciding on Wisdom Teeth Removal
Many people get impacted wisdom teeth which is why they choose to remove them. Some don’t experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, while others can experience pain and discomfort that could lead to more severe problems. Ask your dentist whether removal would benefit you because it may not be necessary in some cases.