Wisdom Teeth Removal
At My Family Dental, we offer wisdom teeth removal for Queensland residents from Bowen to Emerald, Ingham, Innisfail, and Townsville. Wisdom teeth generally present themselves from the ages of 17 to 21. Pain, discomfort, and other issues can accompany the growth of wisdom teeth, and we remove them in most adults to avoid future complications.
Our team is here to answer your questions and explain how wisdom teeth treatment or removal works. If you visit us for routine care, we review your x-rays and evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth at every appointment to establish a personalised treatment plan before problems start.
Why Is Removing Wisdom Teeth Important?
Wisdom teeth removal is crucial because they can cause pain, discomfort, and infections. The pain cannot be treated without removal, and impacted wisdom teeth create much worse discomfort. Your wisdom teeth may not emerge right away, and we try to remove them before they break through or sit under the gum tissue, causing even more pain.
When Is the Right Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth should be removed before they become unbearably painful. Routine check-ups are the perfect time to discuss your options regarding your wisdom teeth with the dentist or review their progress.
We wait until wisdom teeth are near the surface and easy to reach before attempting to remove them. We encourage patients to contact us immediately if their wisdom teeth are suddenly coming through or causing immense pain. If your dentist believes you will require extraction in the future, you can schedule surgery.
Waiting to remove wisdom teeth out of fear or to save money may cause complications, such as the area around the teeth swelling or infecting more areas of the mouth.
Are There Risks Involved?
Patients may not feel their wisdom teeth erupt until their late teens or early 20s, but don’t forget about these teeth. Patients who do not receive routine dental care might allow wisdom teeth to linger under the surface into their 30s, 40s, or 50s.
Removing wisdom teeth at this age will require a longer surgery and recovery time. Your adult teeth may have grown in so much that other teeth must be removed to reach your wisdom teeth.
What Types of Wisdom Teeth Do I Have?
Wisdom teeth are generally called “third molars” as they sit in the back of the mouth behind your second molars if space permits. Wisdom teeth come through without impaction if they have space.
Impacted wisdom teeth point in different directions. Wisdom teeth angled forward in the mouth account for over 40% of all cases. Other impactions include:
- Vertical impaction, pointing back to the roof of the mouth
- Horizontal impaction, leaning to the side.
What Is the Removal Process?
The removal process includes a review of imaging and surgery. The surgeon may make an incision and allow the tooth to erupt properly. In these cases, the tooth remains functional. If the tooth is not functional, it is extracted during surgery.
The surgeon packs the socket or uses stitches to close the wound. Most surgeries do not take much time, but you may need at least an hour to recover from the fog of anaesthesia.
What Are My Sedation Options?
Sedation options for wisdom teeth removal vary from patient to patient. Anaesthesia for surgery includes:
- Laughing gas, which helps to relax the patient
- Oral sedation, including an anti-anxiety medication to help patients calm down before their procedure
- IV sedation, creating a dreamy feeling for the patient who will have no memory of the procedure
- General anaesthesia, for complex surgeries where the patient does not wish to be awake
How Do I Care for Myself After Extraction?
Call us if you experience severe pain or bleeding after the procedure. After wisdom tooth removal, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Wash your mouth with warm, salty water after meals
- Rest as much as you can
- Take prescriptions as indicated
- Take over-the-counter medication as needed
- Ice your mouth
- Limit your diet to soft or liquid foods for a few days
- Refrain from smoking
At My Family Dental, we work with patients to ensure they have a full and speedy recovery. If the dentist wants to follow up, we call you at home to schedule any additional appointments.