Here at Heritage Dental Group, we have highly trained and experienced dentists when it comes to the quick, safe and painless removal of wisdom teeth, with fast recovery.
Wisdom teeth, found at the back of the mouth, can cause problems for some people and may need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth need to be taken out, you will meet with the dentist carrying out your procedure to discuss your care. Following is an overview of what you can expect, although your treatment may differ from what’s described here as it will be designed to meet your individual needs.
Wisdom teeth usually emerge from your gums between the ages of 17 and 24. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of your mouth (molars). Some people never develop wisdom teeth, or you could have up to four appearing – one in each corner of your mouth.
For most people, wisdom teeth don’t cause any problems and so they don’t need to be removed. However, if there isn’t enough space for them to grow at the back of your mouth they become ‘impacted’ wisdom teeth, causing pain, swelling and/or infection.
Having your wisdom teeth removed (extracted) can relieve these symptoms. It may be possible for your dentist to remove your wisdom teeth, or you may be referred to an oral surgeon.
Antibiotics can help treat an infection, but your symptoms may flare up again. Having your wisdom teeth removed is often the only way to permanently relieve your symptoms.
What happens at the first consult?
When you come in the first time the dentist will take an OPG x-ray which will allow them to let you know how hard or easy it will be to take your wisdom teeth out and any possible risks or complications that may arise in relation to what else is around your wisdom teeth. For wisdom teeth that are close to nerves the dentist will take a more detailed 3D scan of your jaws to better understand any complications that may arise during the removal of the wisdom teeth. You will also be given information sheets on the procedure and any risks or complications that may arise. Your dentist will explain how to prepare for your procedure. We always advise having someone come along with you on the day of the procedure to be with you.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
The removal of wisdom teeth is usually done under local anaesthesia. This completely blocks pain from your gums and you will stay awake during the procedure. You may be offered a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. If your wisdom teeth appear to be difficult to extract or you choose to have your teeth removed under a general anaesthetic than your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon who will make arrangements for the procedure to be done.
Your dentist will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might have. This is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and you can help prepare questions to ask about the risks, benefits and any alternatives to the procedure. This will help you to be informed, so you can give your consent for the procedure to go ahead, which you may be asked to do by signing a consent form.
For more information, please contact our team in Indooroopilly on 07 38783384