Heard of wisdom teeth removal but not really sure what it’s about?
At Aardent Dental Centre we’re all about personalised dental solutions – so read on below!
What are wisdom teeth?
‘Wisdom teeth’ are the last back molars to emerge at the rear of the gums, usually during the late teens to early twenties. Some people will have all four teeth push through around this time, while some may have two, or even none.
When do wisdom teeth need removal?
Since wisdom teeth emerge after your other teeth, when there is sufficient jaw space, they present few issues. However, when there isn’t enough space in the mouth, they may push against the adjacent tooth or emerge at an angle. Such teeth are referred to as ‘impacted’.
At Aardent Dental Care, we carefully monitor our patients for impacted wisdom teeth, as they can trigger a variety of dental issues if left undetected.
Signs and symptoms
If you’re suffering from pain and swelling around the back area of your jaw (called pericoronitis), it may be an indication that your wisdom teeth are impacted and need to be extracted.
However, not all problematic teeth cause pain. Our friendly, professional team will work with you to clinically assess your needs.
Issues caused by wisdom teeth
When wisdom teeth are impacted, they may not only be painful, but they may become harder to clean, therefore encouraging accumulation of food particles and bacteria. This can lead to:
- Tooth decay
- Gum infection
- Bad breath
- Cyst formation
- Jaw pain
It’s therefore really important that at the first sign of discomfort you get in touch with our team here at Aardent, as these issues can lead to serious future complications.
What to expect during the removal procedure
The procedure for wisdom teeth removal varies depending on your individual clinical diagnosis. At Aardent we take pride in our expert advice, ensuring your treatment plan suits your needs.
Some teeth can be extracted using local anaesthetic in the dentist’s chair by our expert Dr Richard Williams. For more severely impacted teeth, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for removal under general anaesthetic.
The extraction process varies – simple procedures only require widening of the tooth socket to remove the tooth, whereas to access severely impacted teeth it might be necessary to cut through gums and small areas of your jawbone.
Recovering from wisdom teeth removal
It’s totally normal to experience minor discomfort and swelling for several days afterwards, so it’s best to stick to a soft diet. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and pain relief medication to help you with your recovery.
Our dedicated team will guide you through the post-procedure care routine. You should expect to recover, depending on your procedure and circumstances, within around 7 days.
Why choose Aardent Dental Centre?
Wisdom teeth removal can be a daunting process. Aardent Dental Centre have been providing carefully tailored dental solutions to Perth families in Victoria Park, South Perth, and surrounding areas for over 30 years.