As babies and children grow into teenagers and adolescents, it is generally accepted that losing and growing teeth is a normal part of life.
But when it comes to wisdom teeth, they seem to be a fairly misunderstood. Wisdom teeth make up the third and last set of molars that adults will grow, with the teeth commonly appearing between 17-25 years of age.
Some adults may not have a full set of four wisdom teeth, while others may experience impacted or trapped wisdom teeth – these are the people you may have heard ‘horror stories’ or bad experiences from.
So how do you know if you have wisdom teeth and whether or not they need to be removed.
How to Know When You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sydney
The first step in the process is to consult your dentist about your wisdom teeth and discuss whether they may become an issue down the track.
You may not be aware that your wisdom teeth are there, so your dentist will generally perform an initial x-ray on your jaw to see if they have grown and if so, how their growth may impact your other teeth.
From there, your dentist may recommend you to an oral surgeon who can further evaluate your wisdom teeth.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal Needed?
While wisdom teeth are a common part of growing older, some people may experience difficulties as their teeth grow both in the gum and up into the mouth.
The general recommendation of dentists and oral surgeons is to undergo wisdom teeth removal in Sydney before any problems, pain or complications may develop.
Some common problems patients experience with their wisdom teeth include tooth decay, infection, cysts, teeth crowding and damage to other teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal in Sydney may also be necessary if you are considering getting braces to align or correct your teeth.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Prior to undergoing any procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon should explain the process to you and prepare you for the kind of procedure, pain and recovery you can expect.
Wisdom teeth removal in Sydney is commonly performed under general anaesthetic but if requested by a patient, can also be done under intravenous (IV) sedation in the surgery. IV sedation allows the patient to be placed into a deep relaxation during the procedure to eliminate nervousness.
If your wisdom teeth have erupted (grown through the gum line), they can generally be extracted like any other tooth.
However, if your wisdom teeth still sit beneath the gum line, you may require an incision to assist in the removal of the tooth/teeth. If this is the case, the tooth is usually removed in small portions to reduce the amount of bone that your dentist needs to remove.
Who is a Good Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
It is often easier for younger people (in their late teens or early 20’s to undergo wisdom teeth removal in Sydney, as the roots of the wisdom teeth may not have full developed in the jawbone.
In older patients, the healing and recovery process post-surgery may take longer due to the developed roots and higher risk of damage to the inferior alveolar nerve, which is a major nerve in the jaw.
However, it is important to note that if your wisdom teeth are causing you even slight discomfort, it is time to have your teeth removed – regardless of your age.
After your wisdom teeth removal in Sydney, patients can expect to experience some tenderness and swelling of their face and neck, particularly around the jaw line and cheeks, as well as some pain and bleeding.
It is important to follow the recovery and aftercare directions of your dentist or oral surgeon, which generally includes no strenuous exercise, smoking, drinking through a straw or spitting,
Patients should experience a significant improvement in their symptoms within three to seven days post-surgery.
How Balmain Dentist can help with Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sydney
At Balmain Dentist, we can provide you with quality and safe wisdom teeth removal Sydney today.
With extensive experience in wisdom teeth removal and a commitment to patient care and satisfaction, you can rest assured that you are in the safest hands with our team at Balmain Dentist.
Contact us today to find out how Balmain Dentist can help you with wisdom teeth removal in Sydney.