If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth that are trying to erupt through the gums, but have not yet done so, you might be wondering when it would be best to have them removed. While there are a few different reasons why this procedure should be scheduled sooner rather than later, including preventing future complications and staying comfortable in the meantime, one of the most important reasons to do so is because of potential pain associated with dental care down the road. Here’s how wisdom teeth removal in Noosa can help you get rid of this problem once and for all.
What are wisdom teeth?
A wisdom tooth is a third molar that erupts from the gum line, usually appearing between the ages of 17-25. Like all molars, wisdom teeth are used to grind food down into smaller pieces that can be swallowed. Unlike other teeth, wisdom teeth are not visible until they have reached full growth. This can lead to many problems when they come in underdeveloped or at an angle that makes them difficult to clean. These two issues mean that it is important to take care of your wisdom teeth before they become a problem.
When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
In order for wisdom teeth to come in properly, they need enough room to form. The space can be limited if there are other teeth crowded on either side, so wisdom teeth will often require removal. The roots of wisdom teeth can also grow into other tissues, like your jawbone or sinuses, which may lead to pain or infection. If you don’t want to go through any of these potential complications, it’s a good idea to see your dentist before your wisdom teeth have fully erupted.
How is wisdom teeth removal performed?
The first step is to numb the area of your mouth that will be operated on. You may have a needle inserted into an artery in your arm or a tube that fills your mouth with a numbing agent. Next, our dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue over the wisdom tooth. Then, he’ll use small instruments to gently cut through the bone surrounding it so he can extract it. Finally, he’ll sew up any wounds with sutures or stitches and apply pressure to help stop bleeding.
What are the risks associated with wisdom teeth removal?
The removal of wisdom teeth is a relatively common procedure, but there are risks involved. In some cases, wisdom teeth need to be removed because they don’t have enough room to grow, or they are growing in the wrong direction. In other cases, wisdom teeth can become impacted and cause oral problems like infections. Wisdom teeth can also pose a problem for your other teeth as well as your jaw joint. But no matter what type of complication arises from having your wisdom tooth removed, you should still get it removed by a professional like the team at Noosa Family Dental.
How can I prepare for my wisdom teeth removal surgery?
If you are scheduled for wisdom teeth removal surgery, there are a few things that you can do before your appointment to make sure that you have the best possible experience. We recommend eating foods high in protein or taking an over-the-counter pain medication so that your mouth is as numb as possible. In addition, we recommend not eating or drinking anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. You should also take any prescriptions that you have been prescribed by your doctor with a full glass of water one hour before your appointment time. This will help prevent any issues with stomach acid irritating sensitive tissues. Finally, we recommend laying down for at least two hours after surgery to make sure you don’t pass out from blood loss or dizziness from anesthesia.