Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Mandurah
Not everyone gets them, and that’s normal. Whether or not you have wisdom teeth, is not the problem. The dental problem is when the wisdom tooth is impacted.
This means that there is not enough room in their mouth to accommodate these extra teeth. This lack of space usually leads to the tooth not growing correctly and causes pain and problems for your mouth and jawbone.
Types of Impaction
Signs that You have Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Swelling in the jaw area where the tooth is
Sensitive, swollen, and even bleeding gums
Difficulty opening your mouth
Removing an impacted wisdom tooth is more complicated than a single tooth extraction, which is why our dentists use a panoramic x-ray to examine the area carefully. We need to determine how far deep the tooth has grown into your jaw, to determine the correct surgical technique, which will lead to minimum impact and fast recovery times.
Impacted wisdom teeth will cause a range of problems including jaw pain, infections, tooth decay and even a swollen face. They often create inaccessible pockets (sometimes, gum flaps) between your teeth where diseases thrive, and unfortunately usual brushing and flossing might not reach them.
Before and After Care
Gargle using an antiseptic mouthwash or if unavailable, dissolve ½ tablespoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this (use the entire glass, if possible).
Apply an ice pack on the swollen jaw to minimise the swelling on your way to the clinic.
If you wish to take a pain reliever, do not put this directly on the affected area as this can cause a chemical burn. Don't give pain relievers to those below 18 and pregnant women.
Avoid strenuous activities. We recommend you take a day off from work. Avoid driving and lifting heavy objects.
Avoid drinking or smoking while you are still recovering.
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, avoid spitting, rinsing, or any activity that may interrupt/dislodge the blood clots forming in the area.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?
However, if you have been experiencing ongoing, recurrence discomfort, pain or swelling. These are very good reasons to have wisdom teeth removed.
It is better to have your troublesome wisdom teeth removed earlier in life, this is because you heal better due to good blood circulation and wisdom teeth are easier to remove when your jawbone is soft and supple in youth. An ideal time to have wisdom teeth removed is between 18 – 25 years of age.
What can we do about impacted wisdom teeth?
Because removing impacted wisdom teeth is more complicated than a single tooth extraction, a panoramic x-ray (OPG) is needed first to examine the area carefully. This type of x-ray shows a lot more detail than a standard dental x-ray.
At Platinum Smile Dental, you have the option of having your wisdom teeth removed in-chair awake under local anaesthetic, or asleep under IV sedation (intravenous).
How much time of school/work do I need for recovery?
Can I be asleep for the proceudre?
What is IV sedation?
A fully qualified medical doctor comes out to the clinic and administered the IV drugs to induce the sleep-like state. He stays throughout the whole procedure, monitoring your wellbeing at all times.
So give the clinic a call on (08) 9534 7946 for an appointment to discuss your troublesome wisdom teeth, sedation dentistry or if you are just looking for a dentist in Mandurah.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Contact us for more information. Rebates may vary depending on your individual health fund.