Wisdom Teeth Removal
at Parramatta Dental Clinic

Impacted or partially-erupted wisdom teeth can be painful and problematic to your smile. Because they’re situated at the back of your mouth, they often lack adequate space to erupt properly. As a result, they press into neighbouring teeth or become lodged in the bone.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Since wisdom teeth are difficult to reach or don’t have enough room to come in properly, they’re particularly prone to:

• Decay
• Gum disease
• Crowding
• Cysts
• Facial swelling
• Infection
• Damage to adjacent teeth

Removing wisdom teeth eliminates the pressure on the rest of your smile, preventing movement and tooth misalignment. Rather than fill a cavity in your third molar, it’s best to have it extracted (since the decay is likely to reoccur).

As with other dental extractions, wisdom tooth removal is performed with anaesthetic to numb the surgical area. Dental sedation is highly recommended, to ensure a relaxing experience. The type of sedation you need will be something we discuss during your initial consultation. Depending on the strength of your sedative, you may feel sleepy or not even remember the procedure.

Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Give yourself about 10-14 days to fully recover from your wisdom tooth removal. Most people can return to work or school in about a week. You’ll want to stick to softer foods that don’t require much chewing, such as pudding or oatmeal.

If sutures are needed, they will usually dissolve. Traditional sutures can be removed about a week or so after your oral surgery.

Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually all that’s needed to manage post-operative discomfort. If for any reason you start to experience redness or signs of infection, let us know straightaway.

When do Wisdom Teeth Come In?

The third molars usually start developing at a young age and are visible on X-rays during pre-pubescence. By the teen years, wisdom teeth are nearly halfway formed and visible on a full-mouth radiograph.

Although eruption stages vary, wisdom teeth usually “come in” during a person’s teens. It’s not uncommon for them to erupt as late as your mid to late twenties. Most third molars are completely developed by 30 years of age.

If you never experienced wisdom tooth pain in high school or university, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re won’t. A small percentage of people need wisdom teeth extractions as adults.

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