Your third molars, or wisdom teeth, erupt between ages 17-25. They are named so because they appear at a later age, when you have supposedly attained wisdom.
However, with these wisdom teeth come possible dental issues that can compromise your oral health. When this happens your Western Clinic Dental dentist may have to recommend their removal.
Read on and learn more about your wisdom teeth and why in some cases they should be removed.
Common Reasons For Their Removal
A normal adult has 32 permanent teeth including the wisdom teeth. Even without the third molars, your teeth function well in eating, chewing, and other similar tasks.
Your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal for the following reasons:
Sometimes there isn’t enough room for a wisdom tooth to erupt. Hence it pushes its neighbouring teeth in an attempt to break out. This can cause pain and bite problems.
There are cases in which an erupted wisdom tooth has a gum flap covering it. Food can get trapped there leading to decay that can affect the other teeth as well.
Cysts may form around the newly erupted teeth. If left untreated they can hollow out your jawbone and damage the nerves.
Other than pushing its neighbouring teeth, an impacted wisdom tooth can also cause crowding and may even damage previous dental work such as orthodontics.
Is It Necessary To Remove A Problematic Wisdom Tooth?
The answer is yes. If your dentist recommends wisdom tooth removal, then you need to follow that advice. Failure to do so exposes your oral health to great risks that can cost you expensive dental treatments, damage, and pain.
Infection, pain, stiffness, and swelling, are just some of the inconveniences caused by neglecting to follow your dentist’s orders.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
Wisdom tooth removal takes around 45 minutes. Your dentist will have to administer anaesthesia so you won’t feel pain during the surgery. Before the surgery, your dentist will have looked into your medical record and discussed the procedure, including anaesthesia.
Using the results from your X- ray, your dentist may or may not make an incision in your gums or bone to remove the tooth. If a cut is necessary, your dentist will later stitch the wound so it can heal quickly. The stitches used will dissolve after a few days. Gauze pads may be used to soak up the blood in your mouth.
Dos And Don’ts After The Surgery
To help you, we have listed some of the rules to follow after your treatment. Your Torrensville dentist will educate you on this, before and after your surgery.
- Use a cold compress to minimise swelling. For a sore jaw, use a moist heat.
- Exercise your jaw by closing and opening your mouth gently.
- Avoid hard foods, and eat foods like rice, soup, or pasta.
- Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.
- Don’t use straw in drinking. Sucking may loosen the blood clots that help the healing process.
- Don’t rinse your mouth too briskly. Your dentist may recommend the use of salt-water solution as mouthwash.
- Avoid smoking as this slows down healing.
Safe And Painless Extraction At Western Clinic Dental
At Western Clinic Dental we put your safety at the top of our list. We make sure that every procedure is not only suited to your needs, but also supports your overall wellbeing.
You don’t have to worry about your wisdom tooth removal. Everything is safe and secure at Western Clinic Dental.