The normal adult dentition is normally composed of 32 teeth, 4 of which being your wisdom teeth or the third molars. These are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth often at the early 20s.
Being that these teeth come out when the patient’s jaws have fully developed, it creates a plethora of dental problems and severe discomfort when it comes out as impacted.
At the age of 20 and when you regularly visit your dentist for comprehensive dental check-ups, identifying whether your wisdom teeth are impacted can be easily done. You are lucky if you are one of those whose wisdom teeth have come out perfectly in the mouth.
However, because the wisdom teeth will come out last and during adulthood, it is likely that there will be little to no space for proper wisdom teeth eruption.
In such cases, the wisdom teeth will often abnormally erupt. Some have their wisdom tooth partially or fully embedded in the jaws because of the absence of enough space. Meanwhile, some experience excruciating pain due to the teeth pushing against the adjacent second molar as it tries to come out.
It is then that it becomes a problem and would need dental assistance.
Whether it may be a partially or fully impacted wisdom tooth, there are several dental problems that you may experience:
- Swelling of gums
- Bad breath
- Severe pain radiating from the jaw to the head
- Strain and stiffness of the jaws
- Tooth decay associated with poor maintenance of oral hygiene
- Difficulty in opening the mouth
- Infection and cysts
It is also important to know that if you have a healthy and complete set of teeth, really the wisdom tooth has no viable function and removing it before any symptoms arise is your best bet. Visit your dentist for an OPG or panoramic X-ray to help with determining whether prophylactic wisdom teeth removal Sydney is the best choice for you.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
At this time, our team of dental experts will help you with understanding the process of extraction. An OPG will be taken to identify whether the wisdom teeth removal will proceed as a simple tooth extraction or will be surgical.
Our dentists will also explain any possible complications that may arise during surgery which are not uncommon especially in cases with infections.
Local anaesthetics will be first administered to numb the area of concern. This is to ensure that your experience with us will keep you most relaxed. After which, your dentist will proceed with loosening the wisdom tooth from its socket for ease of removal.
In surgical cases, removal of a considerable amount of bone may be needed to aid with removal of the tooth.
Better and faster healing comes with good oral hygiene and proper patient education on what to do and what not to do. Painkillers may be prescribed if needed.
Also, educating our patients of the possible scenarios after extraction is also one of the many things we prioritise. Soreness and bleeding to an extent can be expected depending on how the surgery went.
Most patients recover within a week or even less but it is important that you follow your dentist’s directives and to practice good oral hygiene routine to facilitate speedy recovery. Our dentists will personalise a recovery plan to help you with this including a visit after full recovery to check on your progress.
At North Ryde Dentistry, we have a team of competent, friendly, and incredibly helpful Macquarie Park dentist who will explain the procedures to you prior to wisdom teeth removal Sydney as well as wisdom teeth removal cost. Dental anxiety is something we take seriously so assure you of your comfort during the entire procedure and that the treatment will be as painless and breezy as possible.
So if you are experiencing dental concerns with an offending wisdom tooth, book an appointment with us now and experience safe and smooth wisdom teeth removal Sydney.