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 check-up and clean, 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. My Family Dental has dental clinics in Emerald, Bowen, Innisfail, Townsville, Ingham, and Bohle Plains for your convenience. If the dentist wants to follow up, we call you at home to schedule any additional appointments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It can take up to 2 weeks to recover from the surgery for having your wisdom tooth or teeth removed. During this time, you may have: a swollen mouth and cheeks – this will be worse for the first few days but will gradually improve; gently pressing a cold cloth to your face helps reduce the swelling.
You shouldn’t feel any pain as your wisdom teeth are removed because the area will be numb. However, if you do feel pain during the procedure, tell your dentist or oral surgeon so they can give you more anaesthetic. How long it takes to remove the tooth will vary.
Although wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure, it is considered a form of major surgery. During the surgery, general anesthesia or local anesthesia, will be used to make it more comfortable, but after it wears off, you can expect some discomfort and pain.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Townsville
If you’ve barely noticed your wisdom teeth are even there at all, then you may not need an extraction. However, It’s common for adults to choose wisdom teeth removal to prevent future discomfort, pain, or even infection.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth a person will grow. Typically, by the time they appear your mouth and jaw have shaped and adapted to the teeth that have been there much longer – leaving little room for the wisdom teeth to sit comfortably.
Squeezing more teeth into your gum can mean they grow unaligned and, even before they reach the surface of your gum, can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Opting for our wisdom teeth removal in Townsville clinic before the pain becomes excruciating can save you from this traumatic experience. Read More
A Wisdom Teeth Dentist in Townsville You Can Trust
At My Family Dental, we routinely offer x-ray scans as part of the routine care process. From there, our highly skilled dentists will analyse your results to create a treatment plan that’s ideally suited to your needs.
Dental pain is an agonising experience, so we aim to monitor the growth of wisdom teeth under the surface of the gum. Because wisdom teeth are known to cause distress, while serving little to no additional purpose in a mouth full of healthy teeth – it would be based on the clinical need to remove wisdom teeth for all adult patients who wish to undergo the procedure.
Throughout the procedure, you’ll be treated by our wisdom teeth dentist in Townsville. Impacted teeth can be easily removed, while recovery may take a few hours as the anaesthesia wears off. In the hands of QLD’s qualified dentists, your procedure will be routine, and you’ll be given top-quality aftercare too.
Choosing My Family Dental for Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Townsville
Few people enjoy the thought of undergoing surgery to remove their teeth. But in the case of wisdom teeth, it can be a wholly necessary and unavoidable task.
At your routine dental check-ups, you’ll receive X-ray scans as part of your diagnostic plan. My Family Dental features qualified dentist of wisdom teeth extraction in Townsville who can identify potential problems before they cause you pain or discomfort.
My Family Dental has over 30 years of experience in helping patients maintain their oral hygiene, as well as offering routine surgical procedures and cosmetic enhancements. We have clinics across Queensland, providing a wide population with high-quality care and personalised treatment plans.
Our focus lies in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, helping patients to feel comfortable and at ease throughout their visits. We also focus on children’s dental health, helping the next generation to understand the importance of good oral health while reducing the anxiety often accompanied by a trip to the dentist.
Wisdom Teeth Expert Care for You and Your Family in Townsville
If you are experiencing wisdom tooth pain or would like to visit our wisdom teeth Townsville clinic, you won’t find better than My Family Dental.
From diagnosis to after-care, our friendly team will guide you through the procedure and inform you of the next steps at every point in the process. Wisdom teeth commonly cause pain, especially if they become impacted, and we can help you avoid this experience by removing potential problems before they emerge.
To find out more about our wisdom teeth removal in Townsville – or any of our other services such as teeth whitening and veneers – please give us a call. Alternatively, you can opt to book a consultation by using our quick and easy online booking service by clicking the ‘Book Now‘ link.
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