Wisdom Teeth Removal | Emergency Dentistry

Wisdom teeth are the third and final teeth to grow in the very back of your mouth and are also known as third molars. There are four wisdom teeth: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. You may get any combination of those or none.

Wisdom teeth usually emerge between the ages of 17 – 25. They are a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and in the correct position. However, they can become misaligned when they don’t grow correctly causing impactions and painful dental complications.

To learn more about caring for your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with Dentists of Dandenong at (03) 9791 9688.

Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?

If the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in the back of the mouth, they become impacted or misaligned. They may grow sideways, emerge only partway through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Impacted wisdom teeth can also create an opening in the gum that traps bacteria. This leads to infections in the gums and decay in the wisdom tooth or adjacent teeth. Impacted teeth can also cause jaw pain and stiffness.

An impacted wisdom tooth may need to be removed to stop possible crowding of other teeth and preserve your oral health.

How to know if your wisdom teeth must be removed

Typical signs of an impacted wisdom tooth include:

  • Jaw stiffness.
  • Limited mouth opening.
  • Pain in back teeth.
  • Swollen gums at the back of the mouth.

Have your dentist check your wisdom teeth immediately if you notice these symptoms.

Our dentists will assess the need to remove your wisdom teeth. Considering your unique situation through x-rays and discussions. If removal is recommended, it’s best to act sooner to avoid complications.

If your wisdom tooth is causing pain or any concerns, schedule a consultation with Dentists of Dandenong today.

Wisdom tooth removal

Dentists of Dandenong are well-trained in wisdom teeth removal – However, in some cases a referral to an oral surgeon may be necessary though.

The procedure uses local anaesthesia, which completely numbs the teeth and gums. On some occasions, general anaesthetic may be suggested, but your dentist will discuss the best recommendation with you at the initial consultation.

What to expect after extraction

The healing process begins once the teeth have been extracted. We’ll provide care instructions to ensure proper healing.

Many people experience pain and swelling after the procedure, which usually goes away after a few days.

During the first 24 hours, your gums may continue to bleed slightly. Some of the activities you can do to improve the healing process –

  • Bite down on a gauze pad and change it when they become moistened with blood.
  • Place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek to help reduce swelling.
  • Eat only soft foods and avoid drinking out of a straw, as the sucking motion can loosen the clot.
  • Use prescribed painkillers to help ease any discomfort.
  • Prop up your head with pillows to improve the healing process.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise during this period to prevent excessive bleeding.

Bleeding should stop after 24 hours. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call your dentist immediately.

The information provided here is for general purposes only. Please consult your dentist for specific advice regarding your treatments.

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