Wisdom Teeth Extractions

If you suffer from jaw pain, recurring sore throats, bouts of bad breath and bleeding gums around the back teeth – your wisdom teeth are likely to be the cause.

Why?

Because bacteria traps easily around the wisdom teeth and cause a constant source of infection (most people find it difficult or impossible to clean effectively)

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe problems

These problems may cause pain or cause no pain, but a large panoramic x-ray will assist diagnosis of the following conditions:

  • Bad breath – food, plaque and gum disease-around impacted wisdom teeth cause bad breath
  • Sore throats – there is a constant source of infection because it is difficult to clean around wisdom teeth effectively
  • Infection – swollen, red gums can cause pain, swelling and soreness on opening the jaw
  • Crowding – wisdom teeth may push adjacent teeth out of their correct position
  • Pain – gum infection, decay or pressure against the adjacent teeth can cause pain
  • Cyst/abcess – recurrent infection can result in the formation of a cyst or abcess
  • Decay – because wisdom teeth are difficult to clean it is common for them to decay.

Your first and second molars may not be decayed but have been erupted since you were 6 years old. Wisdom teeth erupt around 20 years of age and often decay very quickly relative to the other teeth. Treatment for a problem wisdom tooth is extraction. Antibiotics will only mask the signs and symptoms short term, so taking medication will only work temporarily. Sometimes, a 3D scan of the jaw will be required to accurately plan the extractions and to see where the lower wisdom teeth are in relation to the jaw nerve. Although there may be a small risk involved, often, the benefit of extracting the problem wisdom teeth outweighs this risk.

You may have stitches placed following the surgery which will require removal in 7 - 10 days. (In some circumstances, dissolvable stitches can be placed) An appointment to remove the stitches is also so that we can review healing and advise on how you are going with keeping the area clean.

You may be given antibiotics and/or painkillers if your dentist believes it is necessary. The most important thing you need to do is follow the post operative instructions – in particular – gently brush the gum and adjacent teeth a few times a day to remove food and plaque which will prolong healing if left to sit around the wound.