No More Tooth Pain, Swelling, Or Complications With Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth usually appear in your mouth in your late teens or early twenties. They are the third and final set of molars to appear. Wisdom teeth thus got their name because they appear when a person is supposed to be more mature and wise. One of the most common problems associated with wisdom teeth is that they don’t have enough room to erupt properly and can be impacted. An impacted tooth means it is caught underneath the gum line or in the bone.
You may experience pain, swelling, and difficulty chewing on the side where your wisdom teeth are impacted. Untreated, this can lead to complications such as misaligned teeth, injury to adjacent teeth, jaw damage, difficulty chewing or opening your mouth fully, and nerve damage.
At Maylands Dental Centre, we recommend removing the affected wisdom tooth before it gets too painful. Our dentists will remove impacted wisdom teeth when necessary and help prevent future problems from occurring due to an impacted tooth. All of our treatments are performed using the most up-to-date technology and sterile equipment, so there is no risk of infection. If you think one of your wisdom teeth is coming through incorrectly or is already having some issues, call us today at 08 9370 5464.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A wisdom tooth removal procedure is usually performed as an outpatient surgery that takes less than an hour.
We’ll first take an x-ray of your jaw to identify the position of each third molar and to determine if the extraction of wisdom teeth is the best dental treatment option for you. The removal of wisdom teeth is done using a variety of anaesthetic approaches.
Depending on the needed level of comfort and the intricacy of the surgery, we may use intravenous (IV) sedation, local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide), or oral sedation.
Your dentist will make an incision in the gums to expose the tooth and bone during the treatment. After that, they’ll remove any bone that’s obstructing your tooth’s root. The wisdom tooth will be cut into smaller portions after the bone has been removed, making molar extraction easier. The wisdom teeth, root parts, and extra bone will be removed. If necessary, any open wounds will be sewn up to aid in the healing process. Finally, gauze will be applied to the extraction site to allow blood clots to form.
Wisdom tooth removal is relatively safe. The surgical procedure does carry a number of risks, although rare, that you should consider before deciding whether or not to proceed:
- Persistent Bleeding: Bleeding is to be expected in the first several hours. Persistent bleeding could indicate that no blood clot is forming where your teeth once were, that stitches have come undone, or that the hole created by your wisdom tooth has never healed. If bleeding persists, you should seek treatment from your dentist.
- Infection: After a wisdom tooth extraction, swelling and discomfort are to be expected. However, they’re also the most prevalent indicators of a wisdom tooth hole that’s become infected. If these symptoms continue for a few days after your extraction, you should be concerned. An infection following wisdom teeth removal can result in a bad taste or smell in your mouth, yellowish discharge, and possibly even a fever.
- Dry socket: A blood clot forms over the tooth socket after your wisdom teeth removal procedure. This blood clot is necessary for wound healing and the regeneration of bone and dental nerve endings. The blood clot must stay in place until the wisdom teeth holes have healed completely. If this clot becomes dislodged, your recovery period may be lengthened, and the infection-prone socket where your wisdom tooth originally resided will remain exposed. It will also be excruciatingly uncomfortable. If you suspect that you have a dry socket, see your dentist straight away.
- Paresthesia: Paresthesia is a less common side effect of wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth encased in the jawbone are frequently in close proximity to nerves. During the tooth extraction process, these nerves might be bruised or injured. The tongue, lip, or chin become numb. The paresthesia is usually temporary, resolving on its own after a short period, usually one to several weeks.
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Patients can usually have all four of their wisdom teeth removed at the same time. You can talk to your dentist about your preferences and ask any questions you may have regarding the entire process.
Before deciding whether to remove all four wisdom teeth at once, your dentist will analyze your medical history and check your x-rays and photos. If your dentist discovers any complications, such as previous surgeries in this area for other dental issues, they may need to remove one tooth at a time.
You will likely experience some discomfort after having your wisdom teeth removed, for which you will receive care instructions and pain relief prescriptions from your dentist. If you had general anaesthesia, you would not be able to drive for the next 48 hours. It is recommended that you have someone with you to drive you home.
There may also be bleeding following the dental procedure. Your mouth might be sensitive for the next few days, so be cautious when you eat or drink anything hot or cold. Usually, it takes around a week after your wisdom tooth extraction for you to be able to open your mouth completely. Eat soft or liquid foods, such as yoghurt, pudding, and oatmeal. Some aches and pains may be relieved by cold foods such as gelatine, smoothies, and ice cream.
The majority of patients recover completely in three to four days. It may take a week for your teeth to recover if they were impacted or came in at an incorrect angle. Infections can still develop weeks after the surgery because the surgical wound won’t be fully healed for several months. Take good care of yourself and keep an eye out for infections.
Your healing period will be affected by several factors, such as:
- Your age at the time of extraction: The younger you are, the quicker you will heal from this surgery and have fewer dental complications than an older patient. When you have a wisdom tooth removed at an older age, it will take longer to recover.
- Your overall health: Your healing process is influenced by your overall health condition. For instance, if you bruise easily or have diabetes, the healing process may take longer.
- The severity of impaction and the surgical technique used: The extraction of impacted wisdom teeth differs from that of erupted teeth, and healing time may vary accordingly. When the surgery is complex, the healing process may take longer.
- Your ability to follow your dentist’s instructions after the extraction procedure: Following home care instructions after wisdom teeth removal is vital to your recovery. How long it takes you to heal depends on your ability to take care of yourself at home, take your medications as prescribed, avoid certain foods, and not smoke.
The cost of a simple wisdom teeth removal can range from $250 to $400 per tooth. While the cost of extraction of an impacted wisdom teeth is between $450 and $600.
Depending on your case’s complexity, the cost of wisdom tooth removal may vary. The cost of impacted wisdom teeth removal surgery may be higher than that of regular wisdom tooth removal. Maylands Dental Centre will assess this at your initial consultation for wisdom teeth removal. We will also take an x-ray to determine whether wisdom teeth extraction is the right option for you.
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For the first several weeks after wisdom teeth removal, it’s critical to keep the extraction areas as clean as possible. This will reduce the risk of infection by preventing food particles from becoming lodged in the extraction site.
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, do not rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, spit, or use mouthwash. You’ll usually be told to brush your teeth again after the first 24 hours. To keep from dislodging the blood clot from the socket, avoid spitting excessively. Brush with care near the extraction site and rinse your mouth gently with warm saltwater every two hours and after eating for a week.
Replace gauze over the extraction site and apply an ice pack as instructed by your dentist. For a week, avoid intense activities that could cause the blood clot to fall out of the socket. In the first 24 hours, avoid caffeinated, alcoholic, carbonated, or hot beverages, and eat only soft foods like yoghurt. Chewy, hard, hot, or spicy foods should be avoided since they can get lodged in the socket and irritate the wound.
If you smoke, do not do so for at least 72 hours after surgery, and preferably longer. Tobacco chewers should wait at least a week before using it again. Using tobacco products might delay recovery and raise the risk of complications.
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