The importance of wisdom teeth removal

wisdomteeth shutterstock 133426880 The importance of wisdom teeth removal

Are you deciding whether to remove your wisdom teeth? Are you anxious about the process? At Perfect Teeth in Cairns, we want to help you learn all about the procedure, why it’s important to remove your wisdom teeth and to put you at ease about the entire process.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as molars, can be found at the very back of your mouth and are usually the last teeth to develop. These teeth were once used to help our ancestors catch and consume prey. Now, our modern jaw structure rarely provides room for wisdom teeth, and this can lead to issues such as cysts, tooth decay, tooth erosion and infection.

A leading dentist for over 20 years, Dr Chong has honed his skills in all areas of dentistry, including wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth surgery is performed using general anaesthetic and is conducted as a day surgery, offering complete peace of mind.

Why is it beneficial to remove wisdom teeth early?

Removing your wisdom teeth early means less trouble later. A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. Wisdom teeth typically erupt around the age of 17-25, and at Perfect Teeth in Cairns and Redlynch we recommend wisdom teeth be removed at an early age (around 16-20) when the roots are not yet fully formed. This allows us to expertly remove wisdom teeth with ease and with minimal post-surgery pain or downtime.

Those patients who do not remove their wisdom teeth may be leaving themselves susceptible to infection. Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted. When this happens, your wisdom teeth are unable to break through your gums. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap which can lead to infection and cysts and can also cause damage to nearby teeth.

What is recovery like?

Each person is different and as such each person responds differently to dental treatments. However, most patients generally recover only after a few short days following surgery. You may experience some minor discomfort such as swelling at the tooth site and bleeding but this generally subsides within 24 hours. Over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen can help reduce any discomfort. Avoid taking Aspirin as it can thin the blood which nay promote unnecessary bleeding around your wisdom teeth area.

Sedation dentistry to relieve your fear of the dental chair

Many Australians refrain from visiting the dentist because they are too frightened of undergoing painful and uncomfortable dental treatment. At Perfect Teeth in Cairns we understand this intense fear of the dentist and dental treatment, and want all of our patients to feel completely at ease while in our care. This is why we have implemented sedation dentistry techniques so any anxious patients can receive the treatment they require without fear, pain or discomfort.

We also utilise our sedation techniques, which consist of local or general anaesthetic or Nitrous Oxide, to aid those patients who are time-poor and require all their dental treatments within the one appointment.

Sedation dentistry is also used for intrusive dental surgery, for example wisdom teeth removal, or other lengthy and invasive procedures. At Perfect Teeth we understand that bringing you the best in dental treatments means providing procedures that are virtually painless and effective, and we endeavour to stay on the forefront of advancements in dental procedures in order to supply this to you.

To discover more about wisdom teeth extraction, sedation dentistry or to book an appointment at our Cairns or Redlynch Dental Practice please doesn’t hesitate to contact u

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