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Wisdom Teeth

South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars located at the back of the mouth. They typically develop in late adolescence or early adulthood and can cause dental problems such as pain, infection, and can affect the neighbouring teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth may need to be removed to prevent these issues. Fortunately, we have a caring and very skilled dental surgeon at South West Rocks who can take care of these challenging teeth for you.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to emerge in our mouths, typically appearing between the ages of 17 and 25.. Many others may require removal due to complications such as impaction, infection, or overcrowding.

Wisdom teeth removal is often necessary when these teeth become impacted, meaning they do not fully erupt and remain trapped within the jawbone or gum tissue. While some individuals experience no issues with their wisdom teeth, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, swelling, and even infection, affecting not only the wisdom teeth but also the surrounding teeth and gums. 

Wisdom teeth removal in the Kempsey Shire. 

The importance of a skilled dentist in the wisdom teeth removal process is crucial. A qualified and experienced dentist will be able to assess the need for removal, plan the procedure accordingly, and execute the extraction with minimal discomfort and a reduced risk of complications. By choosing a dentist who is proficient in wisdom teeth removal, you can potentially save time and money, as there may be no need for a referral to a specialist.

We’re fortunate enough to have Dr. Ben Lingamneni here at South West Rocks Dental. Ben brings decades of wisdom teeth removal experience and is able to look after our patients close to home at a reduced cost than a specialist. 

Book online to consult with Dr. Ben today and solve your wisdom tooth pain today. 

Removal: Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that can be done under local or general anesthesia. Recovery time varies, but most people can resume their normal activities within a few days.

Management: In some cases, wisdom teeth may be managed with regular monitoring, oral hygiene practices, and other measures to prevent or treat dental problems.

It’s important to discuss any concerns or questions about wisdom teeth with a dental professional to determine the best course of action for maintaining optimal dental health.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Prevents Dental Problems: Removing or managing wisdom teeth can prevent a range of dental problems such as pain, infection, and overcrowding.

Improves Oral Hygiene: Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to cavities and gum disease. Removing them can improve oral hygiene and reduce the risk of these dental problems.

Better Oral Health: Managing or removing wisdom teeth can promote better oral health and prevent damage to adjacent teeth.

Cons:

Surgery Risks: Removing wisdom teeth involves surgical procedures that can carry risks such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.

Recovery Time: Recovery time after wisdom teeth removal can vary, but patients may experience pain and swelling for several days or weeks.

Cost: Wisdom teeth management and removal can be costly, and insurance coverage may be limited or not cover certain treatment options.

Possible Complications: Some patients may experience complications during or after wisdom teeth removal, such as dry sockets, infections, or damage to adjacent teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are causing dental problems such as pain, infection, or issue with neighbouring teeth. Or if they are at risk of causing these issues in the future.

Wisdom teeth removal may involve some discomfort, but anesthesia and pain medication can help manage pain during and after the procedure.

Recovery time after wisdom teeth removal varies depending on individual factors, but most people can resume their normal activities within a few days to a week.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Dental professionals will evaluate the position and condition of wisdom teeth and make recommendations based on individual needs and circumstances.

The risks of wisdom teeth removal include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and damage to adjacent teeth. However, these risks can be minimised with proper pre-operative planning and care.

Wisdom teeth can cause headaches if they are causing pain or discomfort in the jaw or surrounding areas.

Dental professionals can provide guidance on pain management after wisdom teeth removal, which may include taking pain medication and using ice packs to reduce swelling.

Patients may need to follow a soft food diet for several days after wisdom teeth removal. We can provide guidance on dietary restrictions and recommendations during recovery.

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