Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal refers to the extraction of the third molars. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that erupt in adults, and they come out during the late teens or early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth come in without causing problems. However, they can also lead to several dental issues, including overcrowding, impaction, and cysts.
Since the wisdom teeth are located at the backmost part of the upper and lower jaws, they can be difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Because of these, wisdom teeth removal is often recommended for people with problematic wisdom teeth. With early intervention, wisdom teeth removal can help contribute to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
If you’re having trouble with your wisdom teeth, book a dental appointment with Hills Family Dental Centre, and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with the care and treatment you deserve.
Common Dental Problems that Wisdom Teeth Removal Can Address
Abscesses are often caused by food particles and bacteria trapped in the small spaces around the wisdom teeth. When these are not removed, they can begin to break down the tooth structure and make their way inside the tooth, resulting in infected teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction can help prevent dental abscesses by removing teeth most likely to trap food and bacteria.
A severe toothache can be caused by a number of factors, including infection, inflammation and tooth decay. Wisdom teeth are especially susceptible to these problems, as they are often impacted and difficult to clean. As a result, wisdom teeth extraction is often recommended as a way to alleviate severe toothache.
When wisdom teeth come in, they can push other teeth out of alignment, creating pockets that are difficult to clean. Bacteria can easily build up in these pockets, and it can cause inflammation and infection, leading to gum disease. By removing your wisdom teeth, we can help reduce the risk of gum disease and keep your smile healthy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental treatment for patients with problematic or potentially problematic wisdom teeth. If your third molar is impacted or partially erupted and is causing overcrowding, pain and swelling, your dentist will recommend wisdom teeth extraction.
Patients with wisdom teeth that erupted normally but have difficulty maintaining them because of difficulty in reaching them with a toothbrush will also be a good candidate for extraction.
If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, consult your dentist. They will be able to assess your situation and determine whether removal is necessary.
If you’re scheduled to have your wisdom teeth removed, you can do a few things to prepare for the procedure.
- If you’ll be sedated or given general anaesthesia, you’ll need to fast for several hours beforehand.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home since you might still feel groggy or weak after the procedure.
- Plan the food you’ll be eating. Stock up on soft food you can eat while you’re recovering.
- If possible, buy the medication you’ll need ahead of time. Make sure you have an ice pack ready as well.
- Brush and floss thoroughly. Having good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.
The average wisdom teeth removal takes between 30 and 45 minutes. However, the length of the procedure can vary depending on the number of teeth being removed and whether or not the tooth is impacted.
The procedure may take longer if your dentist removes multiple wisdom teeth. Additionally, if your tooth is impacted, your dentist must take extra care to avoid damaging the surrounding tissue. As a result, dental surgery can often take longer than non-impacted procedures.
Your dentist can give you a more accurate estimate of the length of your procedure during your consultation.
While it’s normal for your gums to be sore and inflamed after surgery, you can do a few things to care for them after wisdom teeth removal.
- Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush. However, avoid vigorous strokes as this can traumatise the gums.
- Floss your teeth carefully using gentle motions. Avoid jerking the floss, which can irritate the gums.
- Twenty-four hours after the surgery, you may rinse your mouth with saltwater. This can flush out debris inside the extraction site, reducing swelling and pain.
- Avoid smoking. This can increase the risk of infection and delay healing.
- Eat soft foods. Hard and crunchy food can irritate the gums and slow down the healing process.
Following these simple tips can help your gums heal quickly and prevent infection.
Many people have their wisdom teeth removed when they are young, but some choose to keep them. While not all wisdom teeth pose negative health effects, some potential problems can occur. If your wisdom teeth come in at an angle, they can crowd your other teeth and cause pain or damage.
Additionally, the gum tissue around wisdom teeth is often difficult to clean, leading to an increased risk of cavities or gum disease. Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt are also more susceptible to infection.
For these reasons. dentists commonly recommend wisdom teeth removal before they cause problems.
The cost of wisdom teeth removal can vary depending on several factors, including the number of teeth being removed, the position of the teeth, whether or not it is impacted, the severity of the impaction, the type of anaesthesia used, location of the dental clinic and the dentist’s experience.
In general, however, the average cost ranges from $380-$500 per tooth. Depending on the individual case, this price range may be higher or lower, so it is better to consult with a dentist beforehand to get a more accurate estimate.
Since wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure, most health insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost. However, it’s important to check with your insurer to see exactly what’s covered. Sometimes, you may need to get prior approval for the procedure.
Additionally, there may be a copayment or co-insurance required. Wisdom teeth removal can be a complex and costly procedure, so it’s important to understand your coverage before you have the work done.