Wisdom teeth removal for patients on Tamborine Mountain

What are wisdom teeth and when do they form?

Wisdom teeth—also known as the third set of molars—are the last four molars that develop behind the existing molars at the back of your mouth. They are located on both sides of the upper and lower jaw and can be valuable to the mouth provided they are healthy and properly aligned. Most people get their wisdom teeth either in their late teens or early twenties.

When is wisdom teeth removal needed?

  • If the development of the wisdom teeth is misaligned then a removal may be required.
  • If there is not enough space behind your second set of molars for the wisdom teeth to grow properly, then removal may be required.
  • While wisdom teeth are growing, they could damage the teeth that are next to them. A removal is recommended in this case.
  • Wisdom teeth that do not grow normally, can be trapped in your gums and can cause pain. This may require you to have them removed.

What happens if the wisdom teeth are not removed?

If the wisdom teeth are not removed it can damage other healthy teeth next to it. It can affect your bite and form areas where food can get stuck. This could lead to both the teeth becoming decayed and decaying teeth can cause painful infections. Not having your wisdom teeth removed can lead to other complications in the future.

At Eagle Heights Dental Care, our team of dental professionals offer the following process for the removal of your wisdom teeth:

Before the procedure

  • You will meet with one of our dentists to discuss the process of wisdom teeth removal.
  • You may ask as many questions as you want about the surgery.
  • During this discussion, it is recommended all health problems and medication you are currently taking is disclosed.

During the procedure

  • The surgery may take about 45 minutes to complete.
  • An anaesthesia will be administered to numb your mouth so you shouldn’t feel pain during the removal of your wisdom teeth.
  • After your mouth has been numbed, our surgeon can also give you medication through a vein in your arm, or ask you to breathe in some gas through a mask to make you drowsy or sleep during the whole procedure.
  • If we are required to cut into your gums or bone to get the teeth out, your wounds will be stitched up so they can heal quickly.
  • These stitches usually dissolve after a few days.

After the procedure

  • There can be some swelling and mild discomfort for the first three days after your surgery.
  • Your mouth may need a few weeks to recover and heal completely.
  • The use of an ice pack on your face could curb the swelling.
  • Gently opening and closing your mouth can exercise your jaw.
  • Eat foods that are soft like pasta, rice, or soup and drink plenty of liquids.
  • When brushing your teeth try to avoid brushing against any blood clots and rinse gently with salt water.
  • Avoid smoking to speed up the healing process.

If you would like to know more, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.