Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your wisdom teeth are healthy and fit well into your mouth, you can consider yourself lucky. However, in many individuals, wisdom teeth become impacted. This means that they are not properly aligned and may need extraction.
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They normally appear when a person is between 16 to 20 years old.
Because wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, your mouth often can’t accommodate them, and this is when they can cause you pain and other issues.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Symptoms
Pain – because it needs to squeeze in next to teeth, the impacted wisdom tooth causes tooth pain and discomfort.
Gum infection – the position of an impacted wisdom tooth causes bacteria to become trapped around it, which makes the gums prone to infection. As a result, you will suffer from pain, swelling and general illness.
Tooth decay – impacted teeth are hard to reach, thus, brushing and flossing properly can be difficult. Because of the accumulation of bacteria and food debris, the tooth can be at greater risk for tooth decay.
Cyst – this can develop around the gum of a partially erupted molar tooth. In rare cases, a tumour may develop inside the cyst, which can cause a fractured jaw.
The Importance of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted teeth are often recommended for removal, as they cause ongoing dental problems. Infection can develop, swelling and pain is often experienced, and stiffness in the jaw and general ill feeling can also occur.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth are hard to clean due to their location in the mouth. If such teeth are partly covered, they can be at risk of debris and infection. Illnesses associated with your wisdom teeth such as pain, bad odour, and jaw problems may lead to serious infection if you disregard the treatment.
Your dentist at DentArana will examine your mouth and may take X-rays of your wisdom teeth to see if they need to be extracted. If the results show it needs extracting, the dentist will proceed to the procedure right away. It can be performed under local anaesthetic.
Before you leave the office, the dentist will provide detailed home care instructions to help you recover quickly. These guidelines and instructions must be followed properly to avoid complications.
Wisdom Teeth Removal and Smoking
If you smoke, it’s advisable you quit for a few days as smoking will affect and slow down the healing process.
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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), smoking can also affect your sense of taste and smell and delay your recovery after a tooth extraction or other dental procedure.
In addition, the tar from cigarette smoke stains your teeth, causes bad breath and can discolour your tongue. The only way to remove these stains is with a professional cleaning in the dentist’s office.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation in Arana Hills
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, then set an appointment with your DentArana dentist as soon as possible. Our doctors have extensive experience dealing with wisdom teeth problems. We carry the procedure out with skill and precision to make you pain-free again.
Contact us on (07) 3351 3366 or visit us at Shop 5 Patricks Place, Corner Dawson Parade and Patricks Road in Arana Hills.