Experiencing excruciating pain because of Wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the set of molars located at the back of your mouth on both sides of the upper and lower jaw. These sets of teeth are usually the last set to develop in the mouth and normally start growing between your late teens or early twenties.
Some people experience difficulty with the growth of their wisdom teeth because their teeth did not grow appropriately. This requires the wisdom teeth to be removed.
At Murwillumbah Dental, our team of experienced dental care professionals can assist you with the removal of your wisdom teeth.
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
- Misalignment of wisdom teeth in the developing stages requires removal.
- Insufficient space behind existing molars may cause difficulty with the growth of the wisdom teeth which may lead to the removal of them.
- Wisdom teeth could damage surrounding teeth while they are growing. A removal is highly recommended if this occurs.
- Wisdom teeth can cause excessive pain if trapped within your gums, therefore will require a removal.
If the above mentioned issues are not dealt with at early stages and the wisdom teeth are not removed, it could lead to further complications in the future. It could also damage other healthy teeth next to it and affect your bite. Food can end up getting stuck in between the damaged teeth which could cause tooth decay. Teeth that are decaying can cause serious infections which are painful.
The removal of wisdom teeth
Before you remove your wisdom teeth, make sure you meet with the dentist to discuss any health issues or medication that you are taking that could have a negative effect during the removal of your wisdom teeth.
During the procedure anaesthesia will be administered. This will numb your mouth and help you feel no pain during the removal of your wisdom teeth. You may also be asked to breathe in gas which causes you to feel sleepy or sleep while your wisdom tooth is being removed.
Once your mouth is numb, our dentist will remove your wisdom teeth and stitch up any cuts made during the removal (if needed).
The entire procedure usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
Keep in mind…
- Some swelling and slight tenderness may occur for the first few days after the procedure. An ice pack should help with the swelling.
- You will need a few weeks for your mouth to heal completely.
- Exercise your jaw by slowly opening and closing it.
- Be careful when brushing your teeth and try to avoid the affected area.
- It is advised to gently rinse your mouth with salt water.
- Drink plenty of liquids and avoid drinking from a straw.
Foods that are allowed after a wisdom tooth has been removed:
Any soft foods, for example, pasta, rice, ice-cream, mash potatoes, soup, yogurt