Wisdom Teeth Removal & Extractions

Occasionally, decayed teeth, wisdom teeth and broken teeth will sometimes need to be extracted to make it easier for you to eat and drink more comfortably.

The thought of wisdom tooth removal is often accompanied by the thought of hospital, pain and dread, but it doesn’t have to be viewed this way. Wisdom teeth removal and tooth extractions have a general misconception surrounding them that they will require hospitalization and surgery, which is a daunting thought for most people. Not every tooth extraction will require surgery – which is why it’s important that you have your smile assessed by your dentist before scaring yourself with thoughts of hospital food. Roughly 9 out of 10 wisdom tooth extractions can be performed by a dentist.

What are the main tooth extraction methods?

Simple tooth extractions

A simple extraction is performed on a visible tooth and is commonly carried by general dentists. Most simple extractions can be done under a local anaesthetic, with or without anti-anxiety drugs. During this process the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps to move it back and forth in order to loosen the tooth before removal. Sometimes an instrument called a luxator (which fits between the tooth and the gum) is also used to help loosen the tooth.

Surgical tooth extraction

A surgical extraction involves teeth that can’t be seen easily due to either breaking off at the gum line or because they haven’t come in yet. Another reason for a surgical extraction is that the tooth requires a flap in the gum to be cut to gain access for removal of tooth or bone. In some cases the tooth will need to be broken into sections to remove. Oral surgeons commonly do surgical extractions, and this treatment can be undergone with local anaesthesia or conscious sedation. Wisdom Teeth Removal Holland Park Brisbane

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

It may not be necessary to have correctly positioned, healthy wisdom teeth removed. In some cases the wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the teeth, which isn’t ideal if you or your parents have already spent the time, effort and money on braces or other straightening treatments. In other cases a wisdom tooth could be impacted causing cavities, sinus issues, cysts, and sometimes causing jaw damage.  Your dentist can take x-rays which will determine what issues you may run into, and discuss with you your best treatment options.

Wisdom teeth removal recovery

If you have local anaesthesia, you will have a brief recovery time in the dental chair before leaving. Your dentist will discuss in more detail what aftereffects you will experience as well as aftercare, but here’s a brief list for a general idea.

  • Bleeding: Some bleeding may occur the first day after your wisdom teeth removal. Try to avoid excessive spitting as this will dislodge the blood clot from the socket. Replace the gauze as directed.
  • Pain management: Pain may be able to be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever, or you can obtain prescription pain medication from your dentist or oral surgeon which is beneficial if bone had to be removed as well. A cold pack against your jaw may also help relieve pain and swelling.
  • Swelling and bruising: Use an ice pack as directed by your dentist or surgeon, swelling should usually improve in two or three days though bruising may take several or more to resolve.
  • Rest: Plan to rest for the remainder of the day after your wisdom teeth removal, resuming normal activities the next day. Avoid strenuous activity that might result in blood clot dislodgement for the remainder of the week.
  • Food and beverage: Drink lots of water and only eat soft foods such as yogurt or applesauce for the first 24 hours. Start eating semi-soft foods when you feel you can tolerate them. Avoid hard, chewy, hot or spicy foods as well as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, carbonated or hot beverages as these may irritate the wound.

Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removal Brisbane

For more information, or to book your wisdom teeth consultation with Dr Deeb, contact us at our Holland Park practice today.

If you are looking for a bright, healthy, beautiful smile, come and see the experienced team at Geoffrey Deeb Dental. Call 07 3397 1923 or click here to email us.