Noticing jaw pain? This could be due to your wisdom teeth
Located in the upper and lower jaw region, wisdom teeth usually become evident during the period of young adulthood, around the age of 17 years. From the first day of making an appearance, wisdom teeth can often create problems which can become major if left unattended.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Most people usually have four wisdom teeth, they are the third molars one in each corner of the mouth at the back (some people have more or less. They are called wisdom because the teeth usually don’t erupt until much later in life normally 17 to 25years old.
Why do Wisdom Teeth need to be removed?
There is often not enough space for them to fully come through. They only partially erupt into the mouth or don’t come through at all, but grow directly towards the second molars causing impact.
Why early removal of wisdom teeth?
Depending on the direction of the wisdom teeth, early removal can help to prevent damage of neighbouring teeth as well as causing multiple infections to the bone and soft tissue area.
Early removal is also important if the patient is considering braces in the future. Getting wisdom teeth removed after braces can often affect the overall alignment of the teeth and possibly undo any of the work completed by wearing braces.
What symptoms might I get?
Most patients usually notice that their wisdom teeth have started coming through as the result of jaw pain. Other symptoms include:
- Pain or irritation (including jaw pain)
- Regular headaches
- Sore and inflamed gums
- Bad breath
Wisdom teeth removal procedure
Wisdom teeth removal does not always occur straight after an initial appointment. During the appointment, the dentist can decide whether early removal is required through an x-ray and examination of the projected path of the wisdom teeth. The dentist will also go through what’s involved in the procedure and allow the patient to decide whether the procedure is for them.
If removal is required, the patient will be booked in at a later date. Before the procedure, an anaesthetic will be used to help numb the pain as well as sedation to the patient, if they are feeling anxious.
How do I know if I need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
During your regular teeth cleaning checkups, we will inspect your wisdom teeth to find any evidence of impaction or misalignment. We’ll also use X-ray technology to get a complete picture of how your wisdom teeth are interacting with the rest of your mouth. We’ll let you know immediately if a wisdom tooth extraction is needed, and how we can help you with this process.
Since you will be under anaesthesia during the procedure, it is recommended by our team that you shouldn’t drive home, and instead have someone come and pick you up. Once the anaesthesia starts to wear away, you may start to feel some pain in the area. Prescribed medication will be given to help relieve some of the pain and swelling post procedure.
Since this procedure involves the removal of your wisdom teeth, a few changes to your daily habits will need to be made. These include:
- Eating soft food (No hard or crunchy foods as they can put too much pressure on the area resulting in an infection or bleeding.
- Use icepacks to help reduce the swelling around the area
- Don’t brush your teeth until the second day
Wisdom Teeth Removal at LARA dental
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal or would like more information about the procedure, contact our experienced team today.