Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

From a historic standpoint, our ancient human ancestors used their wisdom teeth to grind up food which they found hard to digest. Historically they had large jaws and ample room to accommodate a third set of molars.

Modern humans have evolved since to eating cooked food and a more effective digestive system, hence less room in our mouths for wisdom teeth to fit.

In what instances do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Justification for this treatment which can include the below:

Impaction – If there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth, they can become erupted, causing them to grow at an angle.
Damage to other teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth can push against your second molars, potentially damaging them and making them more susceptible to tooth decay.
Disease – Narrowed spaces between molars due to impaction also allows for bacteria to form easily. This may lead to inflammation, cysts and possible gum disease.

Removal of wisdom teeth can support in managing short and long term dental complications.

How are wisdom teeth generally removed?

Firstly, an incision is made into the gum to expose the tooth in question. If the tooth is difficult to remove, a process of dividing the tooth into several pieces before being removed may be actioned. Following this, the extraction site is cleaned and any lingering debris is detached. If required, the site is stitched up for healing before gauze is placed over the site to manage any bleeding.

To support with this procedure, your dentist may use local anaesthesia, sedation or general anaesthesia to numb your mouth and/or suppress your consciousness during the surgery. This will be discussed in advance.

What does the recovery process look like following this dental procedure?

Surgical removal of wisdom teeth generally comes with a greater level of post-operative discomfort. This pain can be managed however through recommended pain relief medication.

The recovery time involved for these procedures can vary, and is dependant on the individual and the complexity of the procedure. The team at Smile Crew will provide you with post operative instructions on the day of your appointment. It’s critical that these instructions are followed to assist with your healing.

Any treatment carries risks. A full medical history and an initial consultation is required with one of our qualified dental practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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