The Importance of Wisdom Teeth Removal
A wisdom teeth is one of the four third molars that emerge in the adult dentition. These teeth are the last or most posterior teeth in the arch. Most people have wisdom teeth, but it can be possible for them to never develop. And interestingly, it can also be possible for a person to have more than four wisdom teeth.
In most people, wisdom may not be visible because there is a possibility for them to become impacted. Impacted means teeth that are have emerged out of angle or remained stuck under the gum’s surface. This impaction can be due to the lack of space in the dental arch.
You can know about the presence of your wisdom teeth by examining your jaw and finding three permanent molars in each dental quadrant of your mouth. But if the tooth is impacted under the gums, the presence can be verified by radiography. Panoramic radiography includes X-ray used to assess the angle of eruption and state of development of wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth usually come out in people falling in the age group of 16 to 25. Some people feel the presence of their wisdom teeth before they are even able to see it. Erupting wisdom teeth can usually cause a feeling of pressure in the back of the jaws. Your general dentist can inform you about the condition of these emerging teeth.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
There are several reasons to remove your wisdom teeth as early as possible, because if you don’t, you may face problems in the future.
- Wisdom teeth can be impacted because they are so far back in your mouth that they may not come out normally. They can be stuck in the jawbone or gums, which can cause pain.
- They may erupt in a wrong angle, causing pressure on your other teeth. This can be the cause of many severe infections, pain and other complications in the future.
- It may be possible that your mouth is not big enough and there is not enough space in your jaw for an extra set of molars to emerge in.
- You may develop cavities and gum diseases as a result of not being able to reach your wisdom teeth while bruishing your teeth or flossing.
Wisdom Teeth Removal at our Canberra Clinic
At our Canberra Clinic, we offer a safe and comfortable procedure for a wisdom tooth removal. We will assess your wisdom tooth conducting a thorough oral check. The oral check will be done with the help of a dental X-ray. This would help our dental professionals in determining the present condition of your wisdom teeth, whether it is erupting normally or affecting other teeth by its abnormal emergence. If we find the indication of a wisdom tooth impaction, the best option would be then to safely remove it, avoiding any future complications.
We conduct a small discussion before the procedure to understand your medical history and perform the process keeping it in mind. We ask questions regarding:
- Any health problems you might have
- List of medicines and drugs you are taking on a regular basis
- The type of anaesthesia you would prefer to take, so you can be numb or asleep during the whole process and not feel any pain.
Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal
The initial recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction usually lasts about three to five days. It is normal to get slight bleeding, which should stop after the first 20 to 24 hours. Some pain medication will also be provided to help with any discomfort after the removal of wisdom teeth. You will be asked to eat soft foods for some days avoid spicy foods, tobacco and alcohol use of any type. One of the most important things is to avoid smoking because it can delay recovery and healing time. Complete healing of the gums may take about three to four weeks.
Symptoms of an Infected Wisdom Tooth
Inflammation of the tissue surrounding the infected wisdom teeth is the most common indication for emergency extraction of wisdom tooth. It typically happens when there is not enough space for all of the teeth in the jaw. Infection symptoms are:
- swollen reddish gums behind the last visible molar
- pain in the back teeth when biting
- draining blood from the affected area
The swelling can cause pressure on adjacent teeth, and it can radiate to the ear, causing an intense earache as well.
So, it is important to be examined whenever you feel anything suspicious. Our Canberra Clinic is always here to better suggest and help you with our professional dentists in any kind of consultation regarding wisdom teeth removal.