What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars you get, usually appearing in your late teenage years or early twenties. Not everyone develops wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth pain can occur when they are misaligned. This can also damage the teeth next to them or even the facial nerves or jawbone.
They can also cause problems if they are impacted. This means they haven’t fully broken through the gums. This can result in bacteria penetrating the area around the tooth and cause a painful infection, gum disease or tooth decay.
What should I do if I get wisdom teeth pain?
If you have wisdom teeth pain, it’s best to make an appointment to see your dentist.
They can take X-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth, whether they are fully or partially erupted, or even before they come through.
Your dentist may suggest wisdom teeth removal even if you don’t currently have any issues with them. Wisdom teeth surgery will be more straightforward at this stage, and recovery will be easier.
What is wisdom teeth surgery?
Wisdom teeth surgery involves the removal of wisdom teeth. The procedure will vary in complexity depending on whether your wisdom teeth are located underneath the gums in the jawbone or whether they have come through completely.
Before surgery, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to relieve any pain or discomfort.
If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, removal should be straightforward and just like extracting any other tooth. If they are embedded in the jawbone, surgery will be slightly more involved. Your dentist will need to cut into the gum then remove bone covering the tooth before taking the tooth out in small portions.
You may experience bleeding, pain, and swelling of the face after your wisdom teeth surgery. For bleeding, you can apply pressure with a moist piece of gauze. Over-the-counter painkillers can combat discomfort, and swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack. You can also get relief by rinsing your mouth with warm salty water after eating and before going to bed, which will aid the healing process. Your dentist may also prescribe you a course of antibiotics to take after surgery.
Your mouth should be well healed approximately two weeks after wisdom teeth removal, although, in some cases, complete healing may take a couple of months.
Which other treatments work well with wisdom teeth removal?
If you’re considering wisdom teeth removal, it’s a good opportunity to see your dentist for a check-up and advice on preventative dental care. This could include a hygiene appointment to assess your dental health and to see if there are any other issues that need addressing.
What is a typical wisdom teeth removal price?
The price of wisdom teeth removal will depend on how many teeth are involved and what stage they are at. As mentioned earlier, wisdom teeth surgery is more straightforward if it takes place before problems take a hold.
If your wisdom teeth are deep in the jawbone, surgery may be more complex and costly.
A way forward is to fix a consultation with your dentist and get a personalised quote based on your own individual circumstances.
- Don’t suffer from wisdom teeth pain for any longer. Come and see the experts at The Centre for Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry to find out more about wisdom teeth surgery. Connect with our team or call us on 03 8845 5400 to make your appointment without delay.
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