Wisdom teeth removal can be a daunting experience for many patients. At Balmain Dentist, we specialise in providing pain-free and effective wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. Our dentists have put together answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to help you understand wisdom teeth removal and to feel more at ease.
How Do I Manage Pain From Growing Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 21, but it’s not unusual for them to appear earlier or later. They start to push through the skin and can cause ongoing aching, pain and discomfort. Medication, ice and salt water gargles can offer temporary relief.
In some cases, pain can be so severe that an emergency extraction is required. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, discomfort or headaches, chat to your dentist for recommendations on wisdom teeth removal or management.
Is it Normal for Wisdom Teeth to Cause Gum Swelling?
If your wisdom teeth emerge partially or not at all, they may lead to pericoronitis – inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tooth. Gum tissue may become affected, holding food particles, debris and bacteria. What results are swelling, irritation and uncomfortable sensations in the gums.
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Really Necessary?
Most individuals simply don’t have enough room for wisdom teeth to grow properly, resulting in them emerging at angles that cause issues for the rest of the mouth. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, cause crowding and even resulting in pain and infection.
We recommend seeing your dentist for expert advice on whether you should consider having your wisdom teeth removed. More often than not, the answer is yes.
What are the Benefits of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed?
By removing your wisdom teeth, you eliminate your chances of experiencing uncomfortable infections or complications further down the track. Wisdom teeth are notorious for emerging on an angle, causing a number of problems for your oral health.
If you remove your wisdom teeth, you can avoid inflammation and infection, minimise overcrowding and damage to other teeth, prevent cysts or tumours from developing and keep your mouth and teeth cleaner.
How Long Does it Take to Heal After an Extraction?
Generally, wisdom teeth removal recovery time will be around one week with no complications. Healing depends on the type of anaesthesia used, the complexity of your extraction and your aftercare and nutrition in the days following.
What Causes an Infection After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
A number of factors can result in an infection, with the most common being your aftercare and actions during recovery. Infections can often be cleared up effectively with antibiotics and medication after a visit with your dentist.
Dry socket – when the blood clot in place of your wisdom tooth dislodges – is one of the most common problems following a wisdom tooth extraction. Accompanied by discomfort and sometimes severe pain, your dentist can provide proper treatment to avoid infection and encourage healing.
What are Some Signs of Infection?
If you identify signs of infection following your wisdom teeth removal, it’s important to speak with your dentist as soon as you can. By picking up on an infection early, you increase your chances of a quicker and more comfortable recovery. Signs of infection commonly include:
- Feeling feverish
- Severe tenderness and pain around the extraction site
- Yellow or white discharge coming from the extraction site
- Significant swelling and redness that has not resolved after a few days
What Happens if You Don’t Remove Wisdom Teeth?
If left to grow and emerge, wisdom teeth will often erupt perpendicular to the surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean, create an area for food to get caught, decay surrounding teeth and can even lead to infection.
Why Do Non-Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Most dentists will recommend removing even non-impacted wisdom teeth as a preventive and proactive measure. Once erupted, wisdom teeth can be hard to keep clean and hygienic, resulting in a build up of bacteria and an increased chance of infection and poor oral health. By removing your wisdom teeth early, you can avoid further complications or issues down the track.
If you have non-impacted wisdom teeth, chat with your dentist to find out more about recommendations on extractions or monitoring and management.
Fast and Effective Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sydney
At Balmain Dentist, we provide expert advice and consultations on wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. From simple single extractions with local anaesthesia to more complex procedures requiring general anaesthesia and a visit to the hospital, your wisdom teeth removal is in good hands with our dentists.
Contact us on (02) 9555 7959 to book your consultation.