Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted wisdom teeth can be a source of immense discomfort and pain for patients young and old. Although normally we would view extraction as a last resort, wisdom teeth removal is a different case altogether.
Pitt Street Dental Centre are highly experienced at wisdom teeth removal procedures, in most cases extracting the offending tooth in under an hour.
If you’re suffering any anxiety about having a tooth removed, you can rest assured the process is as smooth and painless as any dental procedure.
Book an appointment today if you’re experiencing pain or bleeding at the rear of your mouth, battling bad breath or want to check in on the state of your wisdom teeth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in the rear of the mouth.
Through evolution these teeth were designed as replacements for back teeth as they became worn based on our ancestors’ coarse diet. Today wisdom teeth form an unnecessary and often problematic part of our dentition.
Most people have 4 wisdom teeth although they may not erupt (break through the gums) until the teens or early 20s.
What does removing wisdom teeth involve?
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common procedures in our Sydney dental clinic.
When an impacted wisdom tooth needs to be removed, we offer nitrous oxide, local anaesthetic and sedation to alleviate pain while we carry out the procedure. Wisdom teeth removal is carried out in the dentist’s chair and can be completed in as little as half an hour to an hour, with flexible appointments to suit your schedule.
Sedation dentistry is a highly specialised area of dentistry which only a few Sydney dentists are skilled enough to undertake.
What is the recovery time for wisdom teeth removal?
Most people can expect a full recovery in a week, depending on the specifics of your wisdom tooth removal. You will not be able to drive immediately after the procedure due to the sedation, however once the initial dose wears off you will be back to your regular life in no time.
Your Sydney dentist will advise on a tailored recovery plan including any painkillers and oral health strategies to follow in the days and weeks after your wisdom teeth removal.
How do I know when I need wisdom teeth removal?
Commonly there is little space at the rear of the jaw for wisdom teeth to erupt so they become wedged or impacted. Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may lead to severe problems.
Especially when food and bacteria become trapped, impacted wisdom teeth can cause:
- Red gums
- Repeated sore throat
- Bad breath
It is the best wisdom to have troublesome teeth removed while the patient is young as the roots have not had a chance to become fully formed.
During regular check-ups Pitt Street Dental Centre can track the progress of your third molars and advise if wisdom teeth removal is necessary.
As practicing members of several national associations and leading experts in painless wisdom teeth removal, you are in the best possible hands with our Sydney dental team.
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*Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.