Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last ones to come through the gums which usually happens between the age of 16 and 25. If there is not enough room at the back of the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come through, they may become “impacted” – the tooth will either remain below the gum line or partially emerge through. 

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When to remove wisdom teeth:

The best healing and less post-operative complications occur if the wisdom teeth are removed before the age of 25. At Mildura Family Dental your dentist will be able to assess if there is sufficient room for the wisdom teeth to come through and also check the position of the roots by viewing an x-ray. If it is determined that the wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems, it will be recommended to have them removed. Your dentist will discuss whether the tooth can be taken out at the dental practice or requires a more complex procedure which would be carried out under general anaesthetic by an oral surgeon.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge in the late teenage years or early twenties. While some people have enough space in their mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, others may experience problems such as pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth. At Mildura Family Dental, we offer comprehensive wisdom teeth evaluations to determine if extraction is necessary. In some cases, we may need to refer you to a specialist for the procedure. However, we recommend coming in for a checkup anyway to ensure your wisdom teeth are developing properly and to address any concerns you may have. Our team of dental professionals will provide you with personalized care and treatment options to ensure your oral health is at its best.

Why remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth can cause:

Frequently Asked Questions

Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually erupt in the back of the mouth in late adolescence or early adulthood. They sometimes need to be removed because they can cause problems like pain, infection, crowding, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Your dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be removed. Signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed include pain, swelling, infection, decay, and damage to adjacent teeth.

The removal of wisdom teeth can cause some discomfort, but your dentist or oral surgeon will numb the area with local anesthesia to minimize any pain. You may also receive sedation if you are anxious or nervous about the procedure.

It can take several days to a week to fully recover from wisdom teeth removal, depending on the complexity of the procedure and how well you care for the extraction site.

After wisdom teeth removal, you may experience some swelling, discomfort, and bleeding for a few days. Your dentist or oral surgeon will give you instructions on how to manage these symptoms, including pain medication, ice packs, and rest.

You can care for the extraction site by following your dentist's or oral surgeon's instructions, which may include avoiding hard and sticky foods, rinsing with saltwater, and gently brushing around the area.

You can eat and drink after wisdom teeth removal, but you should avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.

Like any surgical procedure, wisdom teeth removal carries some risks and complications, such as bleeding, infection, dry socket, nerve damage, and sinus problems. However, these risks are rare, and your dentist or oral surgeon will take steps to minimize them.

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Risks:

Similar to all surgical procedures, wisdom teeth removal carries some risks. During your consultation the risks that are specific to wisdom teeth and your particular situation will be discussed in detail. 

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