Most of us have the majority of our permanent teeth come through between the age of 12 to 14. However, between late adolescence and our early twenties, our final set of permanent teeth come in: the wisdom teeth.

At Geelong West Dental, we have the skills and expertise to provide a comprehensive range of treatment, including wisdom tooth removal in Geelong.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are molars located at the back of the jaws and the last permanent teeth to come through during adulthood. You have four wisdom teeth in total, one in each corner of your mouth – although some people grow fewer wisdom teeth or even none at all.

If there is sufficient space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt normally in line with the other teeth, your wisdom teeth will work just the same as your other molars and require no treatment.

However, if there is not enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to emerge correctly, you may need to seek wisdom tooth removal services in Geelong.

Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

When there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt, they can grow at an odd angle or even be trapped and become partially emerged. This will impact the wisdom teeth’s ability to function properly like the rest of your teeth, thus causing problems.

Angulated or impacted wisdom teeth can cause food and bacteria to become trapped, leading to  pain and possible gum infection. When left long enough, they can also compromise the tooth adjacent to them by way of cavity formation. Moreover, it can be very difficult to clean an impacted wisdom tooth and the teeth around it.

How Do I Know If My Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?

You should make an appointment to see your dentist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort arising from your wisdom teeth
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Swelling or pain around the jaw
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

In certain cases, your dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth be taken out before any symptoms appear if they are likely to cause problems in future.

What To Expect From A Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

Your dentist will examine your teeth and assess whether it is necessary to carry out a wisdom tooth removal. A dental X-ray is taken so that your dentist can properly assess the position and angulation of the wisdom teeth. 

The procedure for wisdom teeth removal varies from patient to patient, as it depends on the angulation and depth of impaction. Your dentist in Geelong will be able to take you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have with the proposed treatment before proceeding.

During the procedure of wisdom tooth removal, whether you are conscious or sedated, our experienced dentists will administer local anaesthesia to numb the tooth extraction site.

Once profound numbness is achieved, the dentist access the tooth or the jawbone via an incision in the gum. Bone removal or tooth division may be required removal to facilitate complete removal of the wisdom tooth. The extraction site is then irrigated and stitched together to allow healing.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

It is common to have swelling and discomfort for a few days up to two weeks. Recovery time will be longer elderly or immunocompromised patients. Our dentists may prescribe pain relief medications to use for the recovery period.

The stitches are either dissolvable in a few weeks, or non-dissolvable stitches will be removed by our dentists in a follow-up appointment.

The wisdom tooth extraction site may take between two weeks to one month to heal. Complete healing of gums and bone may take up to six months.

During recovery, keep the extraction site clean with simple saltwater rinses. Soft diet is highly recommended.

Avoid strenuous activity during the first 24 to 48 hours after wisdom tooth extractions.

Avoid touching the extraction site which may increase the risk of infection.

Smoking and alcohol consumption should be avoided for at least 48 hours.

Risks and complications

Dry Socket (Alveolar Osteitis)

Dry socket occurs when blood does not clot around the extraction socket. This leaves the area open to air, bacteria and debris, causing painful inflammation. Healing time will be delayed for another two weeks and may require medicated dressings. Smokers may have higher risk of developing dry socket.

Trismus 

Pain or tightness when opening the jaw is common immediately after wisdom teeth removal. This usually should subside in about two weeks.

Nerve damage

In some cases, there may be prolonged numbness in the lip, tongue, or cheek. This may be related to wisdom teeth in close proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve canal.

Post-operative infection

This may happen due to secondary infection after wisdom teeth removal. A course of antibiotics medication may need to be prescribed to manage the infection and will be discussed with you by our dentists.

Different professional evaluations should be considered before proceeding with any dental treatment.

 

 

 

 

Wisdom Tooth Removal at Geelong West Dental

At Geelong West Dental, we understand the anxiety that patients may have with wisdom tooth removal and we are here to address your concerns during your consult for wisdom tooth assessment. For patients with dental fear or anxiety, we can also discuss wisdom tooth removal with sleep dentistry as a possible option for you.

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