Don’t let wisdom teeth overcrowd and ruin your smile
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that appear in a teenager or young adult. When correctly aligned they don’t cause any issues, but many experience overcrowding which start moving other teeth. This can prove problematic with cleaning, food being trapped or an imperfect smile.
As they are so far back in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean and floss, which can cause tooth decay and gum infections. If you have spent money on braces wisdom teeth can undo this work and start moving teeth again.
Make an instantly confirmed appointment using the book now button above to discuss any concerns you may have for yourself or your teenage children. X-rays can be taken to discover if there are any issues like impacted wisdom teeth (these are teeth growing at an angle underneath the gum). Once we can see what is going on we will be able to advise you of the best course of action and if any treatment is required.
Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?
The simple answer is: not necessarily. Nature doesn’t create redundancies, there is usually a reason we have all the body parts we have. However, due to many factors, impacted and problematic wisdom teeth are becoming more and more frequent. Your dentist will advise whether your wisdom teeth are fine the way they are or if they are likely to be problematic. If so, extraction may be recommended. This can be done in the general dental surgery, under local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic or under sedation. Occasionally a referral to an Oral Surgeon (a dental specialist) may be required.
What’s involved in the post-care?
Your dentist or Oral Surgeon will advise of best care after wisdom teeth removal. Typically, you will be advised to:
- protect the area where the tooth has been removed and avoid touching it with your tongue or hands
- avoid hot drinks or hot food for 24 hours, as this may cause the wound to bleed
- avoid rinsing your mouth and swishing water or mouthwash for 24 hours as this may dislodge the blood clot in the tooth socket and cause further complications
- if you experience bleeding, apply gentle pressure on the site with a clean gauze pack
- do not smoke for 2-3 days after the procedure and avoid drinking alcohol as this can cause serious complications and delay healing
Will I need to go under general anaesthetic?
Not all wisdom teeth extractions are difficult or complicated. Most wisdom teeth can be removed in the dental surgery setting and under local anaesthesia. Other forms of anaesthesia and sedation are available to relieve anxiety about the procedure. If you feel that you are anxious about the procedure and would prefer not to remember it, you may choose to have your wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthesia either at a Hospital Day Surgery or at an DB Dental practice offering general anaesthetic services. (Find a DB Dental practice with general anaesthetic).