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Wisdom Teeth Removal Woodvale

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that usually develop between the ages of 17 and 24. They sit at the very back of your mouth, but are often removed due to complications.

Why do Some People Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not everybody has to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the majority of people do need to.

A lot of people will experience pain and discomfort when their wisdom teeth are developing, and if left untreated, they can result in a host of short and long term dental issues, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Recurring mouth infections
  • Gum abscesses
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There are a number of reasons people have to get their wisdom teeth removed, two of the most common being:

They’re Impacted

An impacted wisdom tooth is the number one cause of infection among patients. This is because it only partially emerges from the gum, exposing your mouth to nasty bacteria that can trigger an infection. Impacted teeth are also more susceptible to tooth decay, as it’s impossible to care for them properly when they haven’t fully emerged from your gums.

There’s Not Enough Room in Your Mouth

The other most common reason for a wisdom tooth extraction is when there isn’t enough room for the teeth to grow. If this is the case, they will need to be removed.

Common Wisdom Teeth Symptoms

If you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, contact your dentist in Woodvale, as you may need to get an X-ray and have a tooth extraction.

  • Tenderness and jaw pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the gums around the tooth
  • Bad breath
  • There’s a bad taste in your mouth when you eat
  • You have any cysts (pockets of liquid) around the tooth

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The procedure will depend on the severity of your condition. Some people are able to have their teeth extracted by their dentist, however, a lot people need to consult a surgeon and have them removed under a general anaesthesia in hospital.

They can be extracted before or after they break the gum. Although, it’s better to extract them sooner rather than later, so the roots don’t have as long to get settled.

How Long Will it Take to Recover After a Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure?

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, there will be swelling and discomfort, so it’s recommended you take a minimum of three days off work or school after the procedure.

Recovery times can vary, with most symptoms disappearing within a few days to a week, but a full recovery can take up to a few weeks.

If for any reason you feel your mouth is taking too long to heal after the surgery, or that you are in more pain than you should be, contact your dentist immediately, as you may be experiencing complications.

To learn more about our wisdom teeth removal services, contact our Woodvale dental surgery today!

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