Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain and discomfort? Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that assists to eliminate the pain caused by problematic wisdom tooth development. If left in place, difficult wisdom teeth can cause severe pain, infections and serious damage to the surrounding jawbone and teeth.
Wisdom teeth, or third and final molars, are the four last teeth to erupt, generally coming in during the late teen years or early twenties. Because the jawbone has fully grown to its adult size during the late teen years, the jaw is often too small to accommodate the new wisdom teeth comfortably. This is why the development of wisdom teeth commonly causes pain and discomfort, and can lead to more serious issues that require wisdom teeth removal.
Depending on the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth develop, you may not experience any issues with your wisdom teeth. The best way to determine whether you require wisdom teeth removal or not is to visit one of our approved dentists for a professional evaluation and assessment.
The dentist will review your dental history, take x-rays, and examine the general health of your mouth and the condition of your wisdom teeth. If the dentist detects an issue with your wisdom teeth, surgery may be recommended to have them removed and eliminate or avoid any uncomfortable symptoms. Early removal is generally the best option as it helps to avoid more serious issues in the future.
It is important that you discuss the wisdom tooth removal procedure, risks, possible complications and outcomes with the dentist. The procedure may be performed by the dentist or you may be referred to a specialist. This is dependent on the dentist’s preferences and your individual circumstances. If you decide not to proceed with the wisdom tooth removal procedure, ensure they are monitored at each dental visit.
Wisdom teeth can cause serious issues and severe pain. If a problem is detected with the development of your wisdom tooth, it is advised that you have it removed as soon as possible. Below are the most common reasons for having your wisdom teeth removed.
If your wisdom tooth is impacted, saliva, bacteria and food can accumulate around it, causing decay to the wisdom tooth or the tooth beside it. This often leads to a painful infection.
If your tooth is partially erupted through the gum, food particles and bacteria can accumulate beneath the gum, resulting in a local infection. This can lead to pain, swelling and bad breath. You may even find it difficult to chew or open your mouth fully. This infection can spread to the cheek and neck.
When a wisdom tooth develops, it can cause a lot of pressure against the other teeth in the mouth as they try to make room. This can cause severe pressure pain, and can even lead to erosion of the other teeth.
If you have received orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, your wisdom teeth can compromise the results by moving the teeth out of place.
When a patient requires dentures, they are advised to have any wisdom tooth removed. If a wisdom tooth grows in beneath a denture, it can lead to irritation, and if removed, the patient will require new dentures as this changes the shape of the gums and mouth.
A cyst (fluid-filled sac) can form from the tissue surrounding an impacted wisdom tooth. This can lead to bone destruction, jaw enlargement and movement or decay of nearby teeth. The removal of the tooth and cyst is required to avoid further bone loss. Tumours can develop inside these cysts, and they can even result in a fractured jaw if left to grow.
Many people experience issues with their wisdom teeth. Common problems caused by wisdom teeth include:
You may experience pain or swelling while your wisdom teeth grow in, or you may have no symptoms at all, even though your other teeth may be at risk of damage. This is why it is so important to have a wisdom tooth assessment performed by a professional dentist.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is almost certain to cause issues if ignored, especially if it is a lower wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth are also notorious for causing severe pain. It is best to have an impacted wisdom tooth removed as soon as the problem is detected as to avoid any further issues.
Here is an outline of what you can expect during your wisdom tooth removal:
If you have been given sedation or general anaesthesia, you will be taken to a recovery room after the procedure. In the case where you have received local anaesthesia, you are given a brief amount of time to recover in the dental chair. You may require to have a friend or relative drive you home. Your dentist will advise you if this is necessary prior to your surgery. You may also be prescribed medication to manage the pain.
After your wisdom tooth extraction, it is important to follow your dentist’s advice. Following their instructions will promote faster healing and avoid any complications. Some of their recommendations may include:
While rare, there are some risks involved with wisdom tooth removal. It is important to contact your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may be a sign of an infection, nerve damage or other complications, so it is important to contact your dentist immediately for advice.
As impacted wisdom teeth are such a common occurrence, most normal medical insurance covers wisdom tooth extraction. Waiting periods may apply, so it is always best to consult your insurance provider to confirm your entitlements.
The cost of wisdom teeth removal is dependent on your individual circumstances. Factors such as which anaesthesia was used and the nature of the extraction can have an impact on the overall price of the procedure. As a Smile member, you will receive a guaranteed saving of at least 15% on all dental procedures in comparison to regular patients.
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From general oral hygiene to eliminating painful and unpleasant symptoms, there are many benefits to getting your wisdom teeth extracted.
As with every medical procedure, wisdom tooth removal may also have disadvantages.
Problematic wisdom teeth development is extremely common, which is why some people choose to have them removed. Some people do not experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, while others can experience pain, discomfort and infection that can lead to more serious problems. It is recommended that you consult a Smile-approved dentist for a professional assessment to determine whether you require wisdom teeth removal or not.
If your dentist advises that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, it is best to follow their expert advice before the situation worsens.
Your dentist may prescribe you a soft diet for a few days after your wisdom tooth removal. This will ensure that painful chewing pressure and possible irritation to the extraction site are minimised. It is best to avoid putting pressure on, or making contact with, the site as much as possible, so chewing on the opposite side of your mouth is advised.
There are several foods that should be avoided following your surgery, including alcohol, very hot beverages and spicy foods. These foods can increase bleeding and delay the healing process.
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