Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your jaw and throat can’t catch a break from recurring pain and inflammation, wisdom teeth may be to blame. Normally, the mouth has insufficient space for these third molars to emerge without putting pressure on adjacent teeth or gum tissue, which results in a host of painful symptoms.
Without adequate space to properly brush, food particles can build up between the wisdom teeth and the rest of the molars leading to potentially serious decay and infection. The upper wisdom teeth can also cause extreme discomfort as they lean into the cheek causing painful ulcers. In many cases removal is necessary to address such issues as decay, infection, crowded teeth, or even cysts that can lead to further problems down the line.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the furthest set of teeth that develop in the mouth. Generally, they appear sometime during late adolescence to early adulthood and may cause overcrowding in the mouth as well as numerous other issues if left untreated. Wisdom teeth generally take a few months to fully emerge and can be impacted - meaning, they can become unable to fully come out through the gums due to other teeth obstructing its growth.
Patients typically visit their dentist to get wisdom teeth removed for numerous reasons such as avoiding discomfort or becoming able to more easily brush further back in their mouth. Without extraction, wisdom teeth can become infected or decayed due to the inability to clean them well enough, thus necessitating professional attention from a dental specialist with experience in wisdom tooth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal or Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal or extraction is a common procedure for individuals aged 16-25. The process involves a dentist or surgeon using specialised instruments to carefully remove the impacted teeth from the back of the jaw. Extraction can help reduce pain, overcrowding of teeth, or serious misalignments.
Though it is a commonly presented issue, wisdom teeth extraction remains a delicate operation and should be carried out by an experienced professional team in a sterile environment. Furthermore, post-op treatments are often necessary in order to ensure healthy recovery. With proper care, wisdom teeth extraction will result in improved oral health.
Reasons Your Wisdom Teeth May Need to Be Removed
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to grow in and they often don't have enough space to erupt properly. The impaction can cause several issues, such as crowding other teeth, decay of surrounding teeth, putting pressure on them and causing pain, or leading to recurring gum trauma and infections.
If any of these symptoms arise, a visit to your family dentist is essential and it may be necessary to remove the wisdom teeth. If they are left untreated, the potential complications can include swelling and discomfort of the jaw, damage to nearby structures like nerves and sinuses, cysts or tumours forming around the impacted teeth. Removing wisdom teeth often prevents more serious issues including periodontal disease and loss of other surrounding teeth further down the line.
Procedures for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Having your wisdom teeth removed can be a daunting experience, and so it is important to understand the procedures to ensure you are as informed as possible before undergoing the process. Wisdom teeth removal typically consists of two steps: creating an opening in the gum tissue and removal of the underlying tooth structure.
To begin, anaesthetics will usually be administered to numb both the tooth and surrounding tissues. Once the area is numb, a small incision will be made in the gum tissue to better expose and access the impaction site. Afterwards, a precision surgical instrument is used to carefully section the impacted crown from its roots. An elevator is then used to separate impacted roots from the surrounding ligaments and slowly elevate the roots out of its socket.
Finally, a forceps will be utilized to securely grip on and gently remove the remaining loose tooth roots. Post-op care is important too; generally speaking, patients should aim to rest for at least 24 hours after surgery, apply cold packs intermittently and eat soft foods until fully recovered.
Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Removal
Recovering from wisdom teeth removal can be a painful experience, but if the after care procedures are taken seriously, it won't take long to return to one's normal activities. Immediately after the extraction, the patient should apply pressure by biting on a gauze pack for several minutes to generate a well clotted extraction site.
Premature loss of the blood clot will impede healing. To prevent that, patients must take special precautions when brushing their teeth and refrain from vigorous gargling and drinking with straws during recovery.
Abstinence from the use of cigarettes and alcohol is critical. Avoid excessive mouth opening and talking to prevent sutures from getting undone. A steady consumption of hydration liquids allows the healing process to occur at a faster pace while food that doesn't require excessive chewing aids in comfort and ease of recovery. The wound should be kept as clean as possible until the complete closure of the socket.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to decrease chances of infection but should only be taken as needed as they can lead to diarrhea or vomiting. Pain relief medications as well as anti-swelling medications may also be prescribed to aid with any discomfort. With adequate rest and careful compliance with instructions provided by medical professionals, any pain should begin subsiding within a few days post-procedure.
What Can I Expect from Wisdom Teeth Removal at Officer Smiles?
At Officer Smiles, wisdom teeth removal is performed with precision and attention to detail. An experienced dentist will assess the size, shape, and position of your wisdom teeth to determine the best course of action for your situation. Depending on individual circumstances, a sedative may be used to minimise any discomfort associated with the procedure.
Being in an environment dedicated to safety, you can have peace of mind that every precaution to ensure a successful extraction has been taken. After the procedure is completed, you will also be provided with detailed instructions on how to properly care for your mouth while it recovers from surgery.
Above all, Officer Smiles prides itself on providing outstanding customer service from start to finish, ensuring each patient feels comfortable and well taken care of throughout their entire appointment.
What are wisdom teeth?
The last teeth on each side of our jaws are called the wisdom teeth. They are the last to erupt between the ages of 16-23, when we are supposedly most wise (hence the term). Most people have four wisdom teeth - two upper and two lower. Our jaws have shrunk as we have evolved with a more processed diet compared to our caveman ancestors. Most modern human jaws do not have sufficient space to accommodate the wisdom teeth.
It may be wise to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Due to a lack of jaw space, some wisdom teeth can become impacted. That means they can not fully erupt into their normal position. They may be angled in such a way that the gums around the tooth forms a space trapping bacteria and food. It can result in swelling, pain and spreading infection in your jaw. In severe cases this can lead to hospitalisation.
You won't miss it.
Most people don't require wisdom teeth to function. That means you are unlikely to feel a change to the way you bite, eat or talk after they have been extracted. Once the tooth is gone, the hygiene level improves and you are less likely to get decay on your more important back teeth.
Our dentists are experienced in wisdom teeth removal.
We understand that it is a surgery after all and for some patients, this would be the first or only time they need to have a tooth extracted. Here at Officer Smiles we provide a good before, during, and after-care service. This ensures that you heal up well and have minimal issues post extraction.
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