Wisdom Teeth removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Mooroolbark
At our Mooroolbark dental clinic, our friendly and skilled dentists will guide you through each stage of the wisdom teeth removal process. We have patients from Mooroolbark and surrounding suburbs like Chirnside Park, Kilsyth and Croydon, for trusted and reliable dental care. You know you’re in safe hands when you come to our centrally-located clinic for wisdom teeth extraction.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Adult humans have 32 teeth – 16 upper teeth and 16 lower teeth. The first adult teeth appear at about age 6 – this is why you see so many primary school photos of kids with those cute gappy smiles. Adult teeth continue to develop until age 12 or 13 when the second set of molars erupt.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars, and they appear at around the age of 17-21 years. We call these teeth ‘wisdom’ teeth because, by age 21, an adult should be considered knowledgeable and wise. Some adults will never develop their wisdom teeth (this shouldn’t be seen as an indicator of their intelligence!). Some adults will have no problems when their wisdom teeth erupt, while other adults will experience difficulty when they appear.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
For modern humans, wisdom teeth are a bit of an evolutionary hangover. Since sustainable agricultural practices began about 10,000 years ago, humans have eaten more energy-rich carbohydrate-based foods. These foods are in stark contrast to the roots, nuts and tough meats eaten by our predecessors. Our stone-age cousins had more protruding jaws to allow for more chewing. These jawlines provided ample room for the wisdom teeth to erupt safely.
Humans of today now live with jaws growing less forward. These smaller jawlines don’t always allow for the seamless appearance of wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth are troublesome to erupt, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction.
Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The main reason one of our skilled and caring dentists will recommend wisdom teeth removal is when one, several or all your wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting into your mouth because they grow differently from standard teeth. Due to a lack of room, impacted teeth can often damage existing teeth by pushing into them, forcing them to shift position. Impacted wisdom teeth can also damage the jaw, cause pain and sensitivity as well as sinus problems.
Other reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
- gum disease
- infection of adjacent soft tissue.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Your trusted dentist will start the procedure by taking an OPG scan of your mouth in the comfort and convenience of our Mooroolbark dental clinic. An OPG scan is a panoramic X-ray of your lower face, showing the upper and lower jaw on a single shot. It shows the position, number and growth status of all teeth, including wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted. The scan also provides information to your dentist about the best way to approach the extraction.
After the OPG scan, you will receive a local anaesthetic injection at the removal site. When the removal site is numb, your dentist will be able to complete the straightforward extraction. You may feel pressure, but you won’t feel pain. However, more complex cases may need an oral surgeon to complete the removal. Your dentist will refer you to a local oral surgeon if this is the case.
Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal
After extraction of the tooth (or teeth), the total healing time will be approximately 2-3 weeks. Post-surgical pain and discomfort usually clears up within a week. Your dentist will also prescribe antibiotics and painkillers to help with the healing process.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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