Wisdom teeth or the final molars are the last teeth to erupt. Wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teens or even as late as 25 years. If the teeth come in after the jawbone has fully grown, it becomes difficult to accommodate the new addition comfortably. It is this overcrowding due to lack of space in the jawbone that usually causes pain and discomfort related to wisdom teeth.
The reason why most people have to have their wisdom teeth removed is because there is insufficient room to fit all of the teeth in the jawbone. The new wisdom teeth may get impacted against the teeth in front of them.
Other issues that may require removal of wisdom tooth are:
- Cavity or a hole in the adjacent tooth by wisdom tooth coming in too close
- Cyst developing around the wisdom tooth
- Decay of the tooth
Some may experience pain or swelling while wisdom tooth grows in. Some experience no symptoms at all, even though other teeth may be at risk of damage. This is why it is so important to have a wisdom tooth assessment performed by a professional dentist.
Procedure during wisdom tooth removal
At Coomera Dental Centre, our dentists will first start with a thorough and complete dental examination. The tooth removal itself will be done in a comfortable and pain-free manner by our experienced dentists. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry and pain control, wisdom tooth extraction is no longer the scary procedure that it used to be several years ago.
A quick overview of the procedure:
- Local anaesthesia will be used to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues during the surgery
- An incision is made in the gum to expose the tooth and bone
- If any bone is blocking access to the tooth, it will be carefully removed
- If the tooth is difficult to remove, it may be divided in to several pieces, and each piece will be removed separately
- The extraction site is cleaned and any remaining debris removed
- Sutures or stiches may be placed to close up the area and help faster healing
- Sterile gauze may then be placed over the site to control any bleeding
During the entire procedure, your dentist will constantly update you what is being done. We make sure that your whole experience is as stress-free and comfortable as possible.