Wisdom teeth removal is here at our Oakleigh dental practice
Here at our Oakleigh dental surgery we can guide you through all the treatment options for wisdom teeth removal. We see patients from all over Melbourne, including many very complex wisdom teeth extraction cases, who come to see Dr Patel because of his skill in this often difficult area of dentistry.
When wisdom teeth decide to grow (usually between the ages of 17 and 25) they can cause some distress and pain. They are the last teeth to appear in the mouth and normally consist of two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. Many wisdom teeth will not cause problems at all and may not need to be removed.
Wisdom teeth problems
Wisdom teeth can cause pain for many reasons including pain and trauma of the overlying gum when the teeth are partially exposed, or food trapping due to tilting of the wisdom tooth. You may also suffer from swelling, swollen lymph nodes or glands, fever, and have difficulty swallowing. If this occurs, you can use ibuprofen to relive the pain. Warm salt water will soothe as well. Contact us as soon as possible.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
We will perform a special X-ray called OPG (orthopantomogram) in order to determine this. Wisdom teeth cause problems when they grow in the wrong position or when the mouth doesn’t have enough space for them to come through. If the wisdom teeth are not in a favourable position to erupt than it is more than likely that they will continue to cause infection, crowding and cysts.
Often, it can be hard to determine if your pain and discomfort is due to wisdom teeth trouble, or another dental concern (such as decay). Some of the more common tell-tale symptoms include:
- Teeth which are becoming misaligned
- Infected or inflamed gums
- Developing abnormalities with your bite
- Severe pain in the jaw area
- Swollen lymph nodes or glands
- Difficulty swallowing
- Food trapping (due to tilting of the wisdom tooth)
Is it difficult to have wisdom teeth removed?
It depends on the case. Some can be very easy, while some may require an oral surgeon. We will carefully X-ray and examine your mouth to determine the best approach. If we think the tooth is too difficult to remove safely ourselves, we won’t hesitate to refer you to someone we believe can do the job.
The wisdom tooth extraction process
To begin, our dentist will take an OPG scan of your mouth to gain a more comprehensive overview of your wisdom tooth situation, as well as to determine the best approach to surgery. If the extraction isn’t complex, we will be able to complete it right here in our practice, however more difficult cases will require an oral surgeon. Once the tooth (or teeth) have been extracted, the total healing time will be approximately 2-3 weeks. The pain and discomfort associated with post-surgery usually clears up within a week, however. Our dentist will also have prescribed antibiotics and painkillers to assist with healing.