Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal
You may hear of friends or family members having their wisdom teeth removed. This treatment is quite common, especially if they are causing problems.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that come through last and furthest back in your mouth, usually in your late teens or early twenties. This is a normal part of mouth development. There are normally four wisdom teeth – two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw – but some people have more, fewer, or even none at all.
Some wisdom teeth come through without causing any issues, but others are problematic and may need removal or other treatment.
If you’re considering wisdom tooth removal, it’s essential to consult with your dentist to assess whether extraction is necessary. Wisdom teeth can cause issues like impaction or crowding, leading to pain and other complications.
Your Medland dentist will evaluate your situation, discuss the procedure and any possible risks or complications, and address any concerns you may have. If extraction is recommended, they’ll guide you through the process, including anaesthesia, the extraction itself, and post-operative care for a smooth recovery.
Wisdom Teeth FAQs
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding wisdom teeth removal.
If you have any other questions please contact our friendly team.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to appear in the mouth. They generally emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. Some people may experience issues like impaction or crowding, leading to the need for their removal.
Some wisdom teeth come through without causing any issues, but others are problematic and may need removal.
The timing for wisdom teeth removal varies, but it’s often recommended in late adolescence to early twenties before complications arise. Your dentist will assess factors such as impaction, crowding, access for cleaning, potential damage to neighbouring teeth or presence of any pathology (such as a cyst or tumour) to determine the appropriatae timing for removal.
If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, or other issues with your wisdom teeth, it’s advisable to see your dentist first. They can evaluate the situation, which may include taking a special x-ray (OPG), and determine if a specialist, such as an oromaxillofacial surgeon, is needed for the removal of the wisdom teeth. An oromaxillofacial surgeon is a specialist who has done additional training and study in surgery of the teeth, bones, jaws and face. Your Medland dentist will guide you based on the complexity of the case.
Your dentist or oromaxillofacial surgeon will examine your wisdom teeth and special x-rays to determine the best approach to remove your wisdom teeth. They will discuss the procedure, potential risks, and answer any questions you may have. Wisdom teeth can be removed either in the chair under local anaesthetic (with the option of relative analgesia, or alternatively under general anaesthetic.
Anaesthesia will be given at the beginning of your appointment to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the extraction. The complexity of the extraction may vary depending on the position of the wisdom teeth, the shape of the tooth roots and if they are close to important structures, such as nerves.
Once the wisdom tooth is removed, the area where the tooth was may be stitched to help it heal. It is normal for your jaw and gum to be sore, swollen and bleed a little for a few days after having a wisdom tooth out. Rest and painkillers are recommended post-extraction to help with healing and reducing discomfort.
In consultation with you we shall endeavour to provide the best option for your wisdom tooth removal and make the process as comfortable as possible. Our practice also provides many ways of managing dental anxiety which can make the procedure more comfortable and manageable.
Your Medland dentist will provide you with our out-of-hours mobile number to help you if you do have any post-extraction concerns.
Our welcoming and modern dental practice is located at 66 Lambton St, Annerley, Brisbane QLD, Australia, providing a central and accessible location catering to patients Brisbane wide.
Our staff are passionate about ensuring every patient leaves Medland with a smile, and with full confidence they are receiving the best dental care in Brisbane.