Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Gold Coast
If your wisdom teeth are impacted or growing in crooked, they may need to be extracted.
Our experienced and friendly dentists at the Malo Dental can handle the whole process on-site in our Robina practice.
With full x-ray equipment, we can conduct thorough assessments of your wisdom teeth to determine what treatment is required. We can also offer in-chair wisdom teeth extractions, or removal of one or multiple wisdom teeth under anaesthetic.
We are the only dental clinic on the Gold Coast to have a full operating theatre in-practice. This not only can save you time (from not having to visit multiple sites) but it also offers cost savings.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last set of teeth to erupt in the mouth. In most cases, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 years old, although some people don’t ever develop these teeth at all. Sometimes, wisdom teeth don’t cause any issues at all, although if they don’t erupt properly, a range of issues can occur.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
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In some cases, wisdom teeth become impacted, in which case they erupt only partially or not at all. If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may grow at an angle either towards the second molar or the back of the mouth. Sometimes, an erupted wisdom tooth grows at a right angle to the surrounding teeth or remains trapped in the jawbone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a wide range of oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease and infection. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause considerable pain, damage to the surrounding teeth, the development of cysts, and orthodontic issues.
By removing impacted wisdom teeth, it is possible to prevent dental problems and complications in the future. In the case of infection, an extraction can alleviate pain and discomfort.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
During the procedure, your dentist will administer an anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue in order to expose the tooth and underlying bone. Any bone that blocks access to the tooth root will be removed. The affected tooth will then be surgically extracted. If necessary, the tooth will be divided into small sections to make the removal easier.
Once your wisdom tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean the area and remove any remaining tooth and bone debris. The gum will be stitched closed, and the surgical wound will be dressed with gauze in order to control bleeding in the mouth.
What Can I Expect After a Wisdom Extraction Procedure?
You may notice some bleeding following a wisdom teeth extraction procedure. Your surgical wound will be dressed with gauze, and your dentist will let you know how to replace this dressing as needed.
It is also quite normal to feel some pain and discomfort after wisdom teeth surgery. Your dentist will recommend medications to help relieve your pain. It can also be helpful to use a cold pack on your jaw to alleviate post-surgical pain and reduce swelling and bruising. You can expect your cheeks to feel swollen for a few days following your procedure, while bruising can take a while longer to resolve.
In order to aid recovery, we recommend that you get plenty of rest and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Eat only soft foods while your mouth heals, and avoid hot foods and drinks that can cause irritation to your surgical wound. It’s important that you don’t brush your teeth for the first 24 hours after surgery. When you do start brushing again, do so gently and use a salt water rinse after meals.
In most cases, we use dissolvable stitches, which should dissolve within a few weeks of surgery. If you experience any severe swelling that worsens over time, excessive bleeding or difficulty swallowing, please get in touch with us for a follow-up appointment. Our team is available to provide care throughout the process, from consultation to recovery.