Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Troublesome wisdom teeth?

While many people in Perth will not need wisdom teeth removal, most cases do require professional attention. Our staff can make the process as easy and comfortable as possible with a range of options available to suit each circumstance. We always recommend a consultation with one of our dentists, who can find the best course of action with an examination and an x-ray.

If you’re experiencing

  • Swollen gums around wisdom teeth
  • Pain
  • Abscess – due to recurrent infection
  • Bad breath – due to decay or food impaction
  • Crowding
  • Difficulty cleaning around teeth.

At Carillon City Dental Perth, we make sure our patients are comfortable and educated on their procedure. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, we can offer three solutions.

  • Most patients receive a local anaesthetic which numbs the area which requires treatment, so you don’t feel anything during the procedure while remaining awake.
  • Treatment under sedation can also be provided and is preferred by patients who don’t want to be awake for the procedure. This is provided by our sedationist under controlled conditions for complete safety.
  • More complicated dental circumstances may require attention from an oral surgeon, and our dentist can arrange a referral.

Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth can pose a variety of problems, whether it’s an acute issue or one we foresee further down the track. Often our jaws are not large enough for wisdom teeth. Though we might not have much use for wisdom teeth, we must still provide attentive dental care to avoid decay and/or infection.
If the jaw doesn’t have enough space for them, they may become impacted and unable to break through the gum tissue. When a wisdom tooth breaks partway through the gums, a small surface lip of gum tissue develops, resulting in a trap for food and bacteria to stagnate. This can cause red, swollen, and painful gums due to infection, and bad breath. Severe cases can result in damage to other teeth and bone, infections, or cysts, so wisdom teeth removal is often recommended.

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars in our mouths and they usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Our ancestors used their wisdom teeth to grind plant tissue but they’re now unnecessary due to the softer food diet which was adopted by humans. Due to their arrival in our late teens and early twenties, this third set of molars are referred to as ‘wisdom’ teeth. In some cases, people won’t receive all four wisdom teeth and some people have none at all.

Unfortunately, our jaws are often too small to accommodate newly erupted wisdom teeth and this can cause serious pain and discomfort.

Arrival of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth generally arrive in your late teens or early twenties, although some people never develop them at all. Although some people will find that their wisdom teeth will erupt with very few issues, some wisdom teeth are impacted which means they remain hidden in the soft tissue or jawbone or only partially erupt. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are often the cause of infection and decay because they leave an opening for bacteria and are also difficult to clean due to their location.

X-rays will be able to tell your dentist how your wisdom teeth are growing and whether they’re impacted. Remember, just because you can’t see any wisdom teeth doesn’t mean they’re not there.

Impact of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth aren’t necessarily bad and some people find that their wisdom teeth come through with little or no discomfort. However, wisdom tooth pain is a common complaint and your wisdom teeth can be the cause of serious issues including infections, decay, cyst formation and severe pain. Crowded wisdom teeth can also grow in too close to your cheeks which often causes painful cheek biting and ulcers.

If your wisdom teeth have grown in at an angle, or your jaw is simply too small to accommodate them, it can cause orthodontic problems such as tooth crowding. This can particularly be an issue if you have already completed orthodontic treatment to correct alignment and the subsequent arrival of wisdom teeth impact on this.

Optimal age for wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal can occur at any age and many people don’t visit their dentist until they are having real problems with their teeth. However, the earlier the wisdom teeth are removed the better as they’re easier to remove when the roots are still forming. Regular dental check-ups are important as your dentist can take a look at your wisdom teeth to see if they’re likely to cause any issues.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction often occurs when a patient is suffering from discomfort or when your dentist notices that they’re causing issues. Even if they’re not causing any problems at the moment, if you have impacted wisdom teeth then you may still need to have them removed to prevent future problems.

If you’re experiencing red, swollen gums, general feelings of being unwell, jaw stiffness or pain, it might be a sign that a visit to the dentist is in order to talk about the option of your wisdom teeth being removed. Although some infections can be dealt with by way of antibiotics, recurrent infections can again be a sign that your wisdom teeth need to go.

Removal process for wisdom teeth

As with any kind of dental surgery, there can be some pain and discomfort associated with the removal of wisdom teeth. The level of discomfort will depend on how established your wisdom teeth were, whether they were impacted and how many teeth you had removed. It’s common to experience some pain and swelling following wisdom teeth extraction and you’ll be sent home with pain relieving medication if required. Warm, salty water can also help with the healing process.

Post-removal recovery

A common question people have is what foods and drinks they can have after having a wisdom tooth pulled. It’s best to choose soft, easy to chew foods for the few days after wisdom tooth removal and avoid smoking and alcohol. Hot liquids, such as coffee, should also be avoided as these can break down the blood clot in the tooth socket.

If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain and need to make an appointment to discuss your options, contact Carillon City Dental today on (08) 9322 5340. We can provide a consultation as well as give an estimate of cost.