Our third molars are commonly known as ‘wisdom teeth’ and generally erupt between our late teens and early twenties; sometimes wisdom teeth do not erupt at all.
If your wisdom teeth have erupted and are healthy, well positioned and not causing any problem, you should not worry about them. If the teeth are impacted, meaning they are constrained by the space in the jaw, partially erupted and/or misaligned, then they may cause problems and are likely to require removal.
If you are unsure whether your wisdom teeth have erupted or are impacted, you will need to have x-rays taken and undergo a dental professional assessment to determine the presence and alignment and of your wisdom teeth and potential consequences on your overall dental health.
Wisdom teeth can cause infections when they start erupting through the gum causing pain, inflammation, swelling, bad breath and taste. In some other cases, a cyst, which is a sac containing fluid, is formed around the wisdom tooth causing potential damage or displacement to nearby teeth and damage to the surrounding bone. An impacted wisdom tooth may also push against the nearby teeth causing a resorption cavity, infection or abscess and often the removal of both teeth. The photos below illustrate the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of one of our cases of impacted wisdom tooth and cyst showing how the bone and soft tissue have regenerated successfully after the surgery.
It is recommended that you remove wisdom teeth at a young age given that the roots are still in development and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense resulting in less risk of damage to bone, other teeth or nearby nerves.
A surgery is performed with no complications in order to remove impacted wisdom teeth if certain risks are fully identified, assessed and addressed. The surgery involves opening your gums in order to remove the impacted tooth. In doing so, there are certain situations where the tooth needs to be fractured into segments before extraction to facilitate removal. After the removal, the incision is closed up using stitches which are removed by the dentist a few days after the surgery.
There are certain recommendations that you must follow before and after the surgery to ensure your safety and surgery success. For example, if you are a smoker, you must stop smoking at least a couple of weeks before the surgery as it has a negative impact on the healing process increasing the risk of infections. After the surgery, you must rest at home! No drinking, no driving and a healthy diet, is in general terms the best medicine. It is normal for you to have swelling around the surgery area and on the face however this will reduce as the days go by. Post-surgery check-ups are also required to ensure a successful healing process.
At VIP Dental Clinic we conduct wisdom teeth removal surgery using intravenous sedation, also known as ‘sleep dentistry’. Without losing your consciousness and still maintaining your ability to respond to directions when required, you will feel relaxed, peaceful and at ease during the surgery.We have more than 20 years of experience in oral surgeries including wisdom teeth removals. Give us a call on 9531 1312, we can answer all questions about your wisdom teeth. Alternatively, book your appointment online at any time from the comfort of your home.