Wisdom teeth removal in Adelaide by Pellew Dental.
Wisdom teeth are the large molar teeth at the back of the mouth. In some cases, they descend normally and cause no more problems than any other tooth. Often though, they can become overcrowded. Without enough room to descend correctly, wisdom teeth can become impacted, or grow sideways.
Not only can this cause discomfort, but incorrectly placed teeth can also be extremely difficult to clean, facilitating the build-up of the plaque which can ultimately cause tooth decay. If you have crooked, impacted, overcrowded or painful wisdom teeth, the dentist may well suggest extraction.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Following an initial examination, the dentist will usually take X rays to help inform the diagnostic procedure. Once it’s clear that extraction is the best course of action, a second appointment will be arranged for the procedure to take place. At the following appointment, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area prior to extraction. This can also be done with sedation dentistry or with IV sedation.
Bleeding is normally minimal, as the body’s response to the extraction is to form a clot. The dentist may temporarily pack the site with gauze, to reduce the bleeding quicker. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed as a precautionary measure.
What after care is needed following a wisdom tooth extraction?
Most people experience some discomfort for the first day or so after a wisdom tooth extraction. This can normally be relieved through the use of over-the-counter painkillers and avoiding foods which require large amounts of chewing.
There is usually no reason why people cannot resume normal activities following an extraction, although vigorous exercise, alcohol and large amounts of caffeine aren’t recommended the day of the an extraction, as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
If you feel you may need your wisdom teeth removed, or wish to book in for a check-up to see if any work is needed on your wisdom teeth, schedule your appointment today. We are able to provide a full diagnostic and assessment service, as well as perform the extraction and provide any follow-up care or treatment that’s needed.