Wisdom Teeth

The third molars – also called wisdom teeth – are the last set of teeth to erupt. They usually grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. Sometimes they erupt in alignment and no issues develop. However, in many cases, wisdom teeth become impacted in the jawbone. This can lead to a host of oral health problems. For this reason, many individuals have their wisdom teeth removed. Dr Zoud performs wisdom teeth removal at Wisdom Specialist Centre. In fact, this is one of the most popular procedures we offer. When necessary, wisdom teeth removal can significantly reduce your risk for other dental problems and preserve your oral health.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

When a tooth becomes either partially or fully impacted, it can lead to a wide range of other issues. For example, an impacted wisdom tooth can erupt at an angle, putting excessive pressure on the neighboring teeth. This can cause discomfort, and it may even cause the other teeth to shift. Impacted teeth can also harbor disease-causing bacteria. Problematic wisdom teeth increase the risk for cavities and gum disease. Oftentimes, these molars can even develop of cyst around the roots, resulting in damage to the surrounding teeth and bone.

Signs that You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

First, it’s important to understand that problematic wisdom teeth don’t always cause noticeable issues. Sometimes they can be asymptomatic. For this reason, routine dental visits are essential. However, there are a few warning signs that could indicate you need your wisdom teeth removed, including:

  • Pain or discomfort near the back of the jaw
  • Discomfort that radiates up toward the ear
  • Trapping food behind the third molars
  • Development of tooth decay in a wisdom tooth
  • Localised gum disease near the molars
  • Complications with orthodontic treatment

About the Procedure

Wisdom teeth removal can be completed under local anaesthesia. However, most patients prefer to have general anaesthesia at one of our private hospital operating locations.

Once you are comfortable, Dr Zoud creates an incision in the gums to access the affected tooth. Sometimes it’s also necessary to remove small amounts of bone, especially if the tooth is fully impacted. Next, he uses specialised instruments to loosen the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may be divided into sections for easier removal. After the tooth has been removed, the socket is cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the gums are repositioned, and the incisions are closed.

Healing and Recovery

Following wisdom teeth removal, most patients are ready to resume normal activities in about three days. It’s important to rest as much as possible during the first 24 to 48 hours. Bleeding, swelling, and slight discomfort are normal and to be expected. However, these side effects can be successfully managed by following the post-operative guidelines provided by Dr Zoud.

Patients should also eat softer, cooler foods during the first week. Hard, crunchy, or spicy foods can irritate the surgical site and cause discomfort. You should also avoid drinking through straws for seven to 10 days, as this increases the risk for dry sockets.

Schedule a Consultation

Wisdom tooth removal is often necessary for optimal oral health. To find out if this type of treatment can reduce your risk for cavities, periodontal disease, and other issues, schedule a consultation with Dr Zoud. Contact Wisdom Specialist Centre online or call us at 02 8021-2728.

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