Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are your last molar teeth to grow and typically come through between the ages of 17 and 25. Only 90% of the population have wisdom teeth and we can have from one to four. Some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth but for many of us, they create a range of issues.
The main problem with wisdom teeth is when they are impacted (where they have developed at an angle under the gum). This means that they will not grow straight and will only partially come through your gum-line. Growing on an angle means that the wisdom tooth will also most likely grow towards your other teeth. They can push up against the nerves of these teeth and cause pain. We routinely x-ray in late teens and early twenties to monitor wisdom teeth development.
Monitoring wisdom teeth helps us to predict if wisdom teeth will cause problems, and if so, removing them earlier in life is our recommendation.
If wisdom teeth need to be removed, we highly recommend using the services of our monthly IV Dental Anaesthetist who visits our surgery to manage the patient under a twilight sedation while our dentist undertakes the treatment.
Post procedural care for extractions
It’s best to plan to recover over a few days. There may be swelling and discomfort that can be relieved by over the counter pain relief medication. We can prescribe stronger pain relief if needed. A soft food and liquid diet is also recommended.