The last set of molars (back teeth) are called wisdom teeth. They are named such because they appear when one begins to mature and attain wisdom. While most people have no issues with their wisdom, some experience problems that require them to be extracted. Such teeth are called impacted wisdom teeth, implying that they have not fully erupted into the oral cavity.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?

At South Coast Dentists, we don’t extract every wisdom tooth. Instead, we only remove impacted wisdom teeth. When a tooth is impacted, the soft tissue around it can inflame frequently due to food impaction, causing pain, difficulty chewing, and swelling. According to healthdirect, this condition is known as pericoronitis. When pericoronitis occurs frequently, our general dentist in Nowra NSW will extract the affected tooth.

Other reasons that require the extraction of wisdom teeth are:

  • Orthodontic Treatment – wisdom teeth are sometimes extracted to treat overcrowding. The wisdom teeth are removed to create space for the optimal alignment of the remaining teeth using braces or clear aligners
  • To Prevent Dental Complications – sometimes, it is difficult to clean wisdom teeth optimally. This can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease around these teeth. Therefore, dentists sometimes remove wisdom teeth to prevent future complications. 

Why Is It Important to Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth that frequently have pericoronitis should be removed. Failure to do so may lead to a variety of dental complications. For example, pericoronitis-affected wisdom teeth can develop tooth decay more readily and can also affect the neighbouring teeth. Similarly, inflamed wisdom teeth can affect one’s ability to chew food optimally, leading to indigestion and malnutrition. So, it is advisable to have one’s wisdom teeth removed if they cause problems.

What is the Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Impacted wisdom teeth removal Nowra procedure is the same for the other teeth. First, our general dentist in Nowra NSW will carefully examine the affected tooth and look at its X-ray images. This is to diagnose the underlying issue and the extent of the impaction. 

Next, we will make you pain-free by administering local anaesthesia. Our dentist will then use an elevator to break the fibres attaching our teeth to the gums and jawbone. Afterwards, we will use forceps and apply gentle outward forces to deliver the tooth. 

Sometimes, it is difficult to remove impacted teeth using conventional extraction. In these cases, we will remove a small amount of bone tissue around the tooth after making an incision in the overlying soft tissues. This allows us to hold the tooth easily and extract it. Once the tooth is removed, we will suture the soft tissues to complete the procedure. 

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The last set of molars (back teeth) to develop are typically referred to as wisdom teeth. Although they start developing during childhood, your wisdom teeth tend to cut through your gums later in your teen years or 20s.
Depending on your mouth’s shape and existing tooth spacing, wisdom teeth may occasionally become impacted against the adjacent teeth or inside of the bone. When that happens, pressure and swelling can lead to an off-and-on tooth pain that’s felt throughout the side of your face.

Proactively removing your wisdom teeth can prevent tooth pain, infection, or damage to your adjacent healthy teeth. But not only that, wisdom teeth are more prone to developing cavities and infections than other teeth because of how challenging they are to care for. Taking them out before serious issues arise can help you avoid unnecessary pain or swelling in the future.

A full-mouth X-ray will show our Nowra dentist whether there’s enough space for your wisdom teeth and how they’re positioned.

South Coast Dentists provides comfortable sedation dentistry options to keep you relaxed throughout your wisdom tooth removal surgery. The area will be thoroughly numbed with local anaesthetic and then the teeth taken out. Plan to take off about a week for recovery before you go back to work or school.

If you or your teen is experiencing wisdom tooth pain, contact South Coast Dentists today for an exam.

We offer a wide range of services and will only suggest a suitable solution if we are confident that this is the right solution to hit your goals.

We will make sure that you remain pain-free by administering local anaesthesia. So yes, wisdom tooth surgery at South Coast Dentists will not be painful.

Our oral surgeons recommend the following to care for the surgical site:

  • Eat a soft diet for the next few days
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol intake during the healing phase
  • Avoid using straws for drinks as they may dislodge the clot
  • Apply an icepack over the affected side of the face to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Do not touch the surgical site with your tongue

Uncomplicated surgeries can take up to 30 minutes. On the other hand, complicated surgeries can take around 1 – 2 hours, depending on the underlying issue.

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