Wisdom Teeth Dentist, Hawthorn East
Third molars appear between the ages of 17 to 21, or even later, they are called wisdom teeth because they appear at a mature age when a person is supposed to be wise.
If wisdom teeth erupt smoothly, and there is adequate space in the mouth to accommodate them, they can be cleaned and maintained easily, therefore functioning as a normal molar. Usually, for most people the entire dental arch is taken up by the other 28 teeth. If when the wisdom teeth appear, they do not have enough space to grow, this can result in the tooth getting stuck and only partially erupting. You may then have to have the wisdom tooth removed, to prevent further complications.
Signs that you may have to remove wisdom teeth
The following are some of the common signs that indicate you may have a problem with your wisdom teeth.
Pain in the mouth: You may notice the pain increasing, especially on opening wide. There may be inflammation, swelling, bad breath, and an awful taste in your mouth.
Impacted tooth: Another issue relating to wisdom teeth is impaction. The teeth are blocked from erupting by the neighbouring teeth or the jaw bone. The pain associated may move to the neck and jaw, and it sometimes even affects general health also.
Procedure to remove wisdom teeth
Wisdom tooth removal is under local anaesthesia.
In the case of an impacted tooth, it may be a little more complicated. Some bone may have to be removed to extract the teeth. Usually dentists will section the teeth into smaller pieces and remove the pieces individually
Right after the surgery, avoid touching the wound or rinsing for 24 hrs. Eat a soft diet and direct food to the opposite site of the wound. The aim is to maintain the blood clot in the socket to promote healing. Do not poke or disturb the healing socket. You may notice some swelling in the area. Use ice packs to help with that. Be guided by your dentist’s instructions.