Wisdom Tooth Extraction
If your Doncaster East dentist says it’s time to have your wisdom teeth extracted, she/he may refer you to an oral surgeon, who will do the procedure in his clinic.
It should just take a few days for you to recover and feel back to normal.
The four permanent adult teeth at the upper and lower back corners of your mouth are called the wisdom teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth.
Some people never develop wisdom teeth, but there are also some who grow wisdom teeth normally, just like other molars.
In rare cases, wisdom teeth are impacted, or stuck in or below the jawline.
Why Do We Need To Take Them Out?
In some cases, people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt partially or not at all.
When the wisdom teeth are impacted, they must be extracted. Removal of the wisdom teeth is not like that of your other teeth.
An impacted wisdom tooth may be removed for the following reasons:
- They grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar).
- They grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth.
- They grow at a right angle to the other teeth as if the wisdom tooth is “lying down” within the jawbone. They grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone.
What happens if I don’t have them removed?
You will likely experience a number of complications if you delay the removal of your wisdom tooth, including:
- Severe pain
- Food and debris trapped behind or between the wisdom tooth
- Infection or gum disease
- Tooth decay in the partially erupted wisdom tooth
- Damage to surrounding teeth, tissues, or bones
- Development of cyst surrounding the wisdom tooth
- Complications with orthodontic treatments
The Surgery Procedure
If your tooth is seriously impacted or if the extraction requires an in-depth surgical approach, your dentist may suggest that you see a dental surgeon.
For your comfort, your dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic; your surgeon may recommend sedatives to allow you to be comfortable during the procedure.
Anaesthetics are used depending on the complexity of the extraction and the level of pain tolerance. Options include:
Local anaesthesia is administered with one or more injections near the site of each extraction. Before receiving an injection, your dentist or surgeon will likely apply a numbing substance to your gums. You will be awake during the process of tooth extraction. Although you’ll feel some pressure and movement, you shouldn’t experience pain.
Sedation anaesthesia is administered through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. It suppresses your consciousness during the procedure. You will not feel any pain and will have limited memory of the process. You’ll also receive local anaesthesia to numb your gums.
General anaesthesia is administered by inhaling medication through your nose or having an IV line in your arm, or both, causing loss of consciousness shortly afterwards. Your medicine, breathing, temperature, fluids, and blood pressure will be closely monitored. Local anaesthesia is also given to help with postoperative discomfort.
During the wisdom tooth extraction procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Cuts through your gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone
- Takes out the bone that blocks entry to the tooth root
- Splits the tooth into sections if it’s easier to remove in pieces
- Removes the tooth
- Cleans the site of the extracted tooth of any debris from the tooth or the bone
- Stitches the wound close to promote healing
- Places gauze on the extraction site to help control bleeding and to help a blood clot form
After Surgery Care
Patients who undergo surgery typically recover after a week without any complications. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of anaesthesia you choose, your diet during the recovery period, and preventive measures for complications.
It is important to keep your head elevated for the first three days. Never let your head tilt below your heart. Always remember that the site is a wound in your face and it needs healing. Use pillows to elevate your head when lying down on your bed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction at DonEast Supreme Dental
If you have dental issues related to your wisdom teeth, your Doncaster East dentist will help you get the wisdom-tooth removal you need..
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We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offer on site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)