About Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the final set of teeth to erupt, typically emerging in early adulthood or late adolescence. Occasionally, if there is insufficient space for growth, these teeth can become impacted – a condition where the teeth are trapped within your jaw or under your gums.
Complications Arising From Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various dental issues, including:
- Pain and infection
- Gum disease
Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Persistent pain or throbbing near the back of the jaw
- Swelling, tenderness, or redness in the gums around the wisdom tooth
- Difficulty opening your mouth fully
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth or bad breath
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Occasional headaches
The Tooth Extraction ProcessThe Aesthetic Smile Collective will carry out the following process for your wisdom tooth removal.
- Consultation and X-Rays: Our dental experts will first conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth.
- Referral: If it is indicated, the dentists will make a referral to one of our trusted local Maxillofacial Specialists for a consultation and extraction under General Anaesthetic or Sedation. This is done for a number of reasons, including the root shape of the wisdom teeth, extensive decay, patient tolerance and medical history. Your dentist will be able to give you their recommendation based on the initial consultation.
- Anaesthesia: Our dentist will administer a local anaesthetic injection to induce numbness in the area where the tooth extraction will take place.
- Incision and Tooth Exposure: The dentist will make a small incision in your gum to expose the tooth and bone.
- Tooth Removal: If the wisdom tooth is impacted, it may be cut into smaller pieces to make removal easier.
- Cleaning and Stitching: The extraction site is cleaned of any debris, and the wound is stitched up.
- Post-Operative Care
Post-Extraction Care and Recovery
After the removal of wisdom teeth, your dentist will provide you with instructions to help you recover comfortably and efficiently. Some of them being:
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals to help cleanse the extraction site.
- Avoid smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Refrain from any strenuous physical activity for the first few days.
- Take prescribed medications as directed by your dentist to manage pain and prevent infection.
- Consume soft foods and gradually introduce harder foods as your mouth heals.
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling.
- Avoid poking the extraction site with your tongue or fingers.
- Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine, but be gentle around the extraction site.
- Contact our clinic immediately if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or other unusual symptoms.
Remember, wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure, and our team of dentists is here to ensure your comfort and safety throughout. Trust The Aesthetic Smile Collective for your wisdom tooth removal in Brisbane.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the procedure painful?
At The Aesthetic Smile Collective, we prioritise your comfort. We administer anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, reducing any pain during the extraction. Patients will feel pushing, pulling, and pressure and hear noises throughout.
2. How long is the recovery period?
The duration of recovery times may differ based on the individual’s health and the complexity of the extraction. However, the majority of individuals start to feel improvement within several days.
If you experience ongoing discomfort following a wisdom tooth removal, please do not hesitate to return to our Brisbane office for a follow-up appointment. Our committed team is here to make sure your recovery process is as comfortable as possible.
3. What should I eat after the extraction?
After the procedure, it’s best to stick to soft foods like soup, yoghurt, and mashed potatoes. Avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that could irritate the extraction site.
4. Can I go back to work or school after the procedure?
We recommend taking at least a day off to rest after the procedure. However, the exact time you’ll need off will depend on your personal comfort and the nature of your work or studies.
5. Do you use general or local anaesthetic during the procedure?
At The Aesthetic Smile Collective, we only use local anaesthetic. We do have the option of using Nitrous Oxide Gas (Happy Gas), which can help make patients feel more at ease.