Wisdom teeth can be painful if they are impacted or growing in crooked and they may need to be extracted
At Gold Coast Dental Implants we are perfectly equipped to handle even the most complex of Wisdom Teeth extractions
Our experienced Dentists and staff will make you feel relaxed, the entire process can be handled right here at our practice.
We have the latest equipment including an OPG x-ray machine on site as well, which means we can conduct a thorough assessment of your wisdom teeth to determine what is required.
We offer in chair wisdom teeth extractions for straight forward extractions or for more complex cases or multiple wisdom teeth extractions we offer a full anaesthetic treatment.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Although formally known as third molars, the common name is wisdom teeth because they appear so late – much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably "wiser" than as a child, when the other teeth erupt.
They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 years old.
Some people don't develop them at all.
It's not uncommon for Wisdom teeth not to cause any problems, but if they don't erupt properly, they can cause a range of issues.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are removed if they become impacted, meaning they have only partially erupted, if a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may have grown at an angle either towards the second molar or the back of the mouth. They can be extremely painful and sometimes erupt at a right angle to the surrounding teeth or they can even remain trapped in the jaw bone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause tooth decay, gum disease and infection, and damage to the surrounding teeth as well as the development of cysts and orthodontic issues.
The main reason for the removal of wisdom teeth is to prevent dental problems and complications in the future. Such as infections, an extraction will alleviate pain and discomfort.
What is involved in the procedure?
During the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. an incision will be made in your gum tissue in order to expose the tooth and underlying bone. Any bone that blocks access to the tooth root will be removed. The affected tooth will then be surgically extracted.
Once your wisdom tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean the area and remove any remaining tooth and bone debris. Surgical sutures will be used to close the gum and a dressing of gauze will be applied to control the bleeding.
What Can I Expect After a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
You may notice some bleeding following the procedure, the dentist will advise you on how and when to replace your dressing.
It is also quite normal to feel some pain and discomfort after wisdom teeth surgery. Pain relief medications will be recommended by your dentist. It can also be helpful to use a cold pack on your jaw to alleviate post-surgical pain and reduce swelling and bruising. You can expect your cheeks to feel swollen for a few days following your procedure, while bruising can take a while longer to resolve.
We recommend that you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and getting lots of rest to allow your body to recover.
Eat only soft foods while your mouth heals, and avoid hot foods and drinks that can cause irritation to your surgical wound.
It’s important that you don’t brush your teeth for the first 24 hours after surgery
We will give you a soft toothbrush to take home, brush gently and use a salt water rinse after meals to speed up the healing process.
In most cases, we use dissolvable stitches, which should dissolve within a few weeks of surgery. If you experience any severe swelling that worsens over time, excessive bleeding or difficulty swallowing, please get in touch with us for a follow-up appointment. Our team is available to provide care throughout the process, from consultation to recovery.
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