Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to appear in your mouth, usually between 17 – 25. Everyone gets them, but most people may not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these extra teeth. This lack of space usually leads to tooth not growing correctly and cause pain and problems for your mouth and jawbone.
Removing your wisdom tooth is the most common long-term solution when there is not enough space in the jaw for them. Removing an impacted wisdom tooth is more complicated than a single tooth extraction, which is why our dentists use a panoramic x-ray to examine the area carefully. We need to determine how far deep the tooth has grown into your jaw, to determine the correct surgical technique, which will lead to minimum impact and fast recovery times.
Ignoring a wisdom tooth will create a crowded jaw. If your wisdom teeth are fighting for room, they often shift your front teeth causing misalignments and changes to your bite. Impacted wisdom teeth will cause a range of problems including jaw pain, infections, tooth decay and even a swollen face. They often create inaccessible pockets between your teeth where diseases thrive as usual brushing and flossing might not reach them.
Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Is it better to have them removed earlier or later in life?
No, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed.
However, if you have been experiencing ongoing, recurrence discomfort, pain or swelling. These are very good reasons to have wisdom teeth removed.
It is better to have your troublesome wisdom teeth removed earlier in life, this is because you heal better due to good blood circulation and wisdom teeth are easier to remove when your jawbone is soft and supple in youth. An ideal time to have wisdom teeth removed is between 18 – 25 years of age.
What can we do about Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Removing wisdom teeth is the long-term solution if there is not enough space in the jaw for them to come through normally.
Because removing impacted wisdom teeth is more complicated than a single tooth extraction, a panoramic x-ray (OPG) is needed first to examine the area carefully. This type of x-ray shows a lot more detail than a standard dental x-ray.
At Platinum Smile, you have the option of having your wisdom teeth removed in-chair awake under local anaesthetic, or asleep under IV sedation (intravenous).
How much time of school/work do I need for recovery?
2-3 days for normal removal, 7-10 days for surgical removal.
Please take the pain relief and medication provided and prescribed to keep yourself comfortable during your recovery.
Can I be asleep for the procedure?
Yes you can.
A medical doctor can be arranged to carry out IV sedation on the day of your procedure and all the work can be done at this clinic rather than you going to hospital.
What is IV Sedation?
During IV sedation (also known as twilight sedation) you are put into a sleep-like state.
It isn’t as deep as a general anaesthesia and therefore carries less risk. You will be aware of what is happening, but it will not disturb or worry you, and nor will you remember any of the procedure.
A fully qualified medical doctor comes out to the clinic and administered the IV drugs to induce the sleep-like state. He stays throughout the whole procedure, monitoring your wellbeing at all times.
So give the clinic a call on (08) 9534 7946 for an appointment to discuss your troublesome wisdom teeth, sedation dentistry or if you are just looking for a dentist in Mandurah.
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