Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most people have back or “third” molars known as “wisdom teeth”. These teeth are the final set of teeth to erupt from our gums as adults. They generally present in both the upper and lower posterior gumline – mostly between the ages of 17-25. Although for some these molars erupt without issue, many individuals don’t have enough room in their jaws to comfortably accommodate these new teeth. This can cause a myriad of complications, necessitating the need for wisdom teeth removal.
Indications Wisdom tooth removal may be needed
- The wisdom tooth is coming in at an angle
- The wisdom tooth is trapped beneath the gum line or in the jawbone
- There is no room for the new tooth to erupt without impacting other teeth
Issues Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
- Gum infections / periodontal disease
- Pain and swelling
- Tooth decay
- Damage to nearby teeth or tissues
- And more
What does the procedure involve?
Removing a wisdom tooth involves cutting into the gum, dividing your tooth with a drill, and removing the tooth and any adjacent bone from the area. Typically, local or general anaesthetic is used depending on the complexity of the extraction.
Recovery process of wisdom tooth extraction
In most cases, your dentist will sew up the new holes in your gums with small, dissolvable stitches. You may experience pain & swelling over the first 48 hours from the extraction, which your doctor may recommend over-the-counter painkillers for. It’s important to be careful when eating or chewing for a few days/weeks after a wisdom tooth extraction, as hard foods can disrupt the recently opened wounds and cause them to bleed.
Wisdom tooth Extraction in Emerald or surrounds
Wisdom tooth extraction services are available at any of Serenity Dental CQ’s three dental clinics – at Emerald, Middlemount and Dysart.
While Serenity Dental CQ is a Bupa preferred dentist and also a preferred provider for HCF, Medibank, Westfund and CBHS, all health funds are accepted with Hicaps used to process claims for you at the time of your appointment. Interest-free dental payment plans are also available.