Wisdom Tooth Extraction
They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth.
In some cases, people never develop wisdom teeth, but there are also some who grow wisdom teeth normally just like other molars.
In rare cases, wisdom teeth are impacted.
Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Some people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in the mouth or grow normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt partially or not at all.
In cases where the growth of the wisdom teeth is impacted, extraction must be performed. Removal of the wisdom teeth is not like that of normal ones.
An impacted wisdom tooth may be removed for one of these reasons:
- They grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar).
- They grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth.
- They grow at a right angle to the other teeth as if the wisdom tooth is “lying down” within the jawbone.
- They grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone.
You will likely experience a handful of complications when you delay the removal of your wisdom tooth, including:
- Severe pain
- Food and debris trapped behind or between the wisdom tooth
- Infection or gum disease
- Tooth decay in the partially erupted wisdom tooth
- Damage to surrounding teeth, tissues, or bones
- Development of cyst surrounding the wisdom tooth
- Complications with orthodontic treatments
Procedures During Surgery
If your tooth is severely impacted or if the extraction requires an in-depth surgical approach, your dentist may suggest you see a dental surgeon.
Your dentist will make the area numb with local anaesthetic; your surgeon may recommend sedatives to allow you to be comfortable during the procedure.
Anaesthetics are used depending on the complexity of the extraction and the level of pain tolerance. Options include:
Local anaesthesia is administered with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Before receiving an injection, your dentist or surgeon will likely apply a numbing substance to your gums.
You will be awake during the process of tooth extraction. Although you’ll feel some pressure and movement, you shouldn’t experience pain.
Sedation anaesthesia is administered through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. This suppresses your consciousness during the procedure.
You will not feel any pain and will have a limited memory of the process. You’ll also receive local anaesthesia to numb your gums.
General anaesthesia is administered by inhaling medication through your nose or having an IV line in your arm, or both, causing loss of consciousness shortly afterwards.
Your medicine, breathing, temperature, fluids and blood pressure will be closely monitored. Local anaesthesia is also given to help with postoperative discomfort.
During the wisdom tooth extraction procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Cuts through your gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone
- Takes out the section of bone that blocks entry to the tooth root
- Splits the tooth into sections if it’s easier to remove in pieces
- Removes the tooth
- Cleans the site of the extracted tooth of any debris from the tooth or the bone
- Stitches the wound close to promote healing
- Places gauze on the extraction site to help control bleeding and to help a blood clot form
After Surgery Care
Patients who undergo surgery typically recover after a week without any complications. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of anaesthesia you choose, your diet during the recovery period, and preventive measures for complications.
It is important to keep your head elevated for the first three days. Never let your head tilt below your heart. Always remember that the site is a wound in your face and it needs healing. Use pillows to elevate your head when lying down on your bed.
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction at Deer Park Dental Surgery
Wisdom tooth extractions performed at Deer Park Dental Surgery are guaranteed safe and effective. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored specifically for you!
Call us (03) 9360 4417 or come and visit us at T097A Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)