Wisdom Teeth Removal Bankstown
One of the many benefits of having regular appointments with your dentist is that they can monitor any problem areas. In the case of wisdom teeth, your dentist can keep an eye on any changes, or potential problems, that they may cause.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom tooth is the term for a back molar that typically emerges after all other permanent teeth have erupted.
This usually happens during late adolescence or early adulthood (between the ages of 17 to 25 years) but can actually happen at any stage in life.
Wisdom teeth are located in the back corners of the mouth. For many people, wisdom teeth grow in slowly and smoothly. For others they don’t grow in at all.
For some, however, wisdom teeth can grow in a way that is problematic – causing problems for the teeth themselves as well as surrounding teeth and gums.
What kinds of problems can wisdom teeth cause?
There are a range of problems that wisdom teeth can cause. These can relate to the direction they grow in, the impact they have on adjacent teeth, and their tendency to cause pain and infection nearby.
Most people have 32 teeth in their mouth, but in some cases the jaw can be too small to accommodate them all. If this is the case, a tooth may be forced to erupt at an angle.
When this is the case it doesn’t take long to cause pain and irritation to surrounding teeth, gums and cheek areas.
Teeth like this are called impacted teeth, and impacted teeth often lead to:
• Gum infection
• Tooth decay
• Damage to other teeth
• Jaw cysts and/or swollen lymph glands under the jaw.
Wisdom tooth extraction
A dentist may recommend extraction of the wisdom tooth (or teeth) as the best solution.
At Centre Court Dental, experienced dentists can make an expert assessment of your situation and advise you on whether extraction is necessary. X-rays, together with an assessment of how much the teeth are moving, are often used to determine whether intervention is necessary or whether the teeth are likely to settle without problem.
Centre Court Dental Bankstown can perform wisdom teeth removal, and can also provide referrals to an oral surgeon if needed for more complex cases.
Recovering from wisdom tooth removal
Before undergoing a procedure to remove a wisdom tooth, your dentist will explain what you should expect in terms of recovery.
The details will be different depending on your individual circumstances and what you’re having done.
You should feel comfortable asking about your recovery or any possible side effects too. Depending up on the size of the wisdom teeth, you may need stitches after they're removed.
Swelling or some bleeding is fairly common for the first few days after the procedure. Over-the-counter painkillers (for example paracetamol or ibuprofen) can be suitable to help alleviate any pain.
Your dentist or surgeon will provide any instructions you need with regard to pain management and general care.
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Regular dental check-ups are an important part of pre-managing the problems wisdom teeth can cause.
Regular visits to your dentist mean there is an opportunity for them to observe and monitor your wisdom teeth.
If there’s no pain and no crowding, your dentist will probably be happy to simply monitor for any changes.
However, if wisdom teeth are causing discomfort or making it difficult to move your jaw freely, it may be a sign that they are becoming impacted.
In some cases, all that is needed is a small cut in the gums to give the wisdom tooth the opportunity to come through. An experienced dentist can explain your options and provide comprehensive recommendations based on your needs.
Why choose Centre Court Dental for wisdom teeth removal?
As with all dental procedures, it’s important to know that you’re in good hands when it comes to making decisions about wisdom teeth.
Contact Dr. Larry Coleman and the team from Centre Court Dental on 02 9790 4998 for peace of mind when it comes to your dental health.
With more than 25 years of experience supporting the community of Bankstown, Centre Court Dental are the dentists you can trust.