Wisdom Teeth Removal : Quick And Effective Pain Relief
～ True wisdom lies not in a tooth, but in getting it removed when it starts to cause trouble. Be wise and try Supercare’s wisdom teeth removal services. ～
It is said that, once the wisdom tooth appears, you have matured and attained wisdom at the ripe age of around 20 years. However, if your tooth gets stuck and cannot emerge, do not be disheartened; the wisest choice at this time is to get it removed before it does further harm.
Our wisdom tooth removal process aims to minimise discomfort, allowing you to return back to your normal life as soon as possible with as little hassle as there can be.
Wisdom teeth are the third and the last set to appear in the late teens or early twenties. If healthy and properly aligned, these teeth can be a valuable asset to us but if the case is vice-versa, they require removal.
What are wisdom teeth ?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of molars in the human dentition. These teeth are typically the last to emerge in the mouth, usually during late adolescence or early adulthood, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth.
These teeth served a more functional purpose in our ancestors, who had a diet that was tougher to chew and required additional molars for effective grinding. In modern humans, dietary changes and improved dental hygiene have reduced the necessity of wisdom teeth. As a result, many people experience issues with wisdom teeth, such as impaction, misalignment, and crowding, which often necessitate their removal through wisdom tooth extraction.
Wisdom teeth removal treatment
Wisdom teeth removal is a pretty routine dental procedure. It usually involves local anaesthesia, administered to minimise the sensation of pain or discomfort. After that the wisdom tooth is safely extracted, and post-operative care instructions are given by the dental surgeon.
During the surgery, dentists or oral surgeons make incisions if needed to loosen the tooth and extract it. From first consultation to aftercare, you will receive detailed instructions for pain management, swelling reduction, dietary modifications, and oral hygiene.
Recovery times vary but generally allow a return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Make sure to schedule follow-up appointments to keep on track the healing progress. Wisdom teeth removal is essential for preventing or addressing wisdom teeth issues and promoting overall oral health and comfort.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to emerge properly due to lack of space or improper angulation. Common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- Irritation or redness at the back of your teeth
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste
- Difficulty opening the mouth fully
If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, contact your nearest Supercare clinic to get your wisdom teeth checked out and removed, if needed.
Procedure for extraction
- The oral surgeon will first assess the health of your wisdom teeth and take an X-ray.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will administer local anesthesia along with sedation. General anesthesia can also be used depending upon the case.
- If your tooth has shown up above the gum then the extraction is simple. However, if the tooth is deeply impacted, then an incision is made in the gum to expose the tooth and bone.
- The tooth is removed and the site is cleaned.
- The wound is stitched.
It is a one day surgery. So you will be sent home when you are stable after gaining consciousness.
Causes of impacted wisdom teeth
There are many causes of impacted wisdom teeth, but the most common ones include the following:
Our dental experts can diagnose impacted wisdom teeth through X-rays and recommend you the appropriate course of action.
Wisdom teeth removal process
The wisdom teeth removal process typically involves the following steps:
Possible risks of removing a wisdom teeth
Although wisdom tooth extraction is a widely performed and generally safe dental procedure, it’s essential to be aware of the potential wisdom tooth removal risks. Some possible complications include the rare occurrence of post-surgery infections or nerve damage during the extraction process.
Another uncomfortable condition that can develop post-extraction is dry socket, characterised by intense pain. Dry socket arises when the blood clot that usually forms at the surgical site to promote healing dislodges or dissolves prematurely. While these risks are relatively uncommon, our dental professionals take precautions to minimise them and ensure a successful recovery.
Tips for cleaning wisdom teeth
Maintaining oral hygiene after wisdom teeth extraction is crucial. Here are some tips:
- Rinse with warm saltwater to reduce bacteria
- Brush your teeth gently and avoid the surgical area
- Avoid smoking and using straws to prevent dislodging the blood clot
- Avoid using mouthwash for a few days after the procedure
- Steer clear of any spicy food that could cause irritation
Wisdom teeth pain is supposed to be one of the worst pains to experience. If you experience any such problems, contact us today and schedule your wisdom teeth removal treatment.
Wisdom Tooth Removal FAQs
You can temporarily alleviate wisdom tooth pain at home by rinsing with warm saltwater, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek. However, it’s essential to consult a dentist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.
Yes, wisdom teeth can potentially cause crooked teeth by exerting pressure on adjacent teeth as they emerge, leading to misalignment. Monitoring and addressing wisdom tooth development with a dentist can help prevent this issue.
The recovery period after wisdom tooth extraction typically ranges from a few days to a week. However, it can vary based on individual factors and the complexity of the extraction. It’s essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist for a smoother and quicker recovery.
The risks of wisdom tooth removal include infection (rare), nerve damage (slight risk of numbness), and dry socket (painful condition if blood clot dislodges). Dental professionals take precautions to minimise these risks during the procedure.
On average, wisdom teeth removal in and around Sydney costs anywhere between AUD $300 to $700 per tooth. Note that these costs can vary widely based on factors like the complexity of the extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon’s experience, and whether you have dental insurance.