Safe, Comfortable & Quick Wisdom Teeth Removal

The concept of having wisdom teeth extracted can be overwhelming to say the least. This practice is widely known to cause ongoing pain and discomfort. However, most of the associated pain from wisdom tooth removal comes after the procedure. With the help of our dental team, we can handle the extraction process quickly, safely and with as little discomfort as possible.

We place a strong focus on communication and comfort throughout all our procedures. As such, our team will keep you informed at each stage of the extraction.

Depending on the extraction site and how impacted your wisdom teeth are, the healing process can take up to 10 days and sometimes longer. Our team will provide all the advice needed to navigate this process, as well as any prescriptions for required painkillers.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, get in touch with Crestwood Family Dental on (07) 5649 8661.

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come through in development, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth—two at the top, two at the bottom. Some have more, some have less. Regardless, in certain cases, the wisdom tooth does not have the room to come through and instead becomes impacted.

This means your wisdom tooth could be growing at an angle toward the next tooth, the back of the mouth, inward or even straight down! A person dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth will often feel pain and pressure toward the back of their jaw. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, decay and gum disease.

Therefore, it’s imperative that you visit a dental team that is equipped to deal with wisdom tooth extractions. At Crestwood Family Dental, we provide x-rays and in-depth examinations to determine the source of your jaw pain. To get started, book an appointment at our clinic in Molendinar on (07) 5649 8661.

What Are The Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

You may not always experience pain from an impacted wisdom tooth, but if you do, then one or more of the following may occur:

• Gum pain, bleeding or swelling
• Bad breath
• Jaw pain or swelling
• Difficulty opening mouth or chewing

There are ways to manage mild pain, such as ice packs, ibuprofen or a numbing gel applied to the gums. However, once a wisdom tooth has become impacted, it will continue to cause pain and damage to other teeth until it is removed. These pain management tactics should only be used for the short term until you can attend Crestwood Family Dental to have the teeth extracted.

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Most wisdom tooth removal procedures are very straightforward and done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day as your operation.

We will likely be using a local anaesthetic that numbs the area but doesn’t put you to sleep, as this is the safest option. After numbing the area, your dentist will make an incision in the gum, remove the tooth and root, pack the area and close the wound. The procedure is often relatively short, depending on how many teeth need to be removed and the extent of the wisdom tooth’s root system.

After the operation you may experience pain, bleeding or swelling, however, this shouldn’t last long and can be well controlled with oral painkillers and ice packs. If you are experiencing severe discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for assistance.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

Impacted wisdom teeth do not only cause pain but also several more serious medical conditions.

If the impacted wisdom tooth is pushing against the second molar, this can cause tooth decay requiring the removal of not only the wisdom tooth but also the molar. Additionally, the pressure of the wisdom tooth on surrounding teeth can cause teeth to move and may require orthodontic work to straighten the teeth again.

Tooth decay can also lead to infection, which may require surgery and antibiotics to clear. The area surrounding the wisdom tooth may also become infected or inflamed, which is not only painful but can cause gum decay which is an extensive issue to treat once developed.

In summary, while you may only be experiencing pain, there is a risk of further complications developing which can be very serious if left untreated. Please book an appointment as soon as possible to have the tooth or teeth extracted to avoid these more serious conditions.

How To Care For Your Teeth Post-Surgery?

After the operation, it is very normal to have some pain, discomfort or swelling. You should avoid any hard and crunchy foods for a week or so after the operation, as this can cause more pain or damage the healing operation site. You should also steer clear of hot food or drinks as this can increase inflammation and cause bleeding.

Some good food options include:

• Jelly
• Custard
• Ice cream
• Warm soups
• Smoothies
• Mashed potatoes

While it may be inconvenient, it is also important to avoid using straws while in the early stages of recovery. The pressure created while using a straw may cause the clot to come loose and result in bleeding and pain, which can lengthen the recovery time.

If you have any concerns or questions about the recovery process, our friendly team are always happy to help. Please contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions and get you started on the road to a pain-free and healthy mouth.

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Preventing Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent the impaction of your wisdom teeth. However, by staying up to date with regular check-ups, you can catch the issue early. This allows your dentist to extract the tooth/teeth before you deal with the pain of impaction.

There is no good time to have your wisdom teeth extracted but doing so early saves you a lot of discomfort in the long run. We recommend visiting Crestwood Family Dental for 6-monthly check-ups. From there, our team will create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Book your appointment today!