Dr Shrey Shah is an experienced dental practitioner offering a range of dental services including complex restorations, full mouth rehabilitation, Smile design, Dental implants, Wisdom teeth extractions, Root canal treatment, Crowns and bridges, Paediatric dentistry and Family dentistry. Dr Shah graduated from Gujarat University in India in 2011. He practised in India for a multi-location practice for two-and-a-half years before moving to Australia in 2014. He completed his Australian registration requirement in 2016 and since has been working in a number of private practices. Throughout his career, he has always been up to date with the latest innovations in dentistry and keeps enhancing his skills with continuing professional education to provide his patients the best service possible. Dr. Shrey has been a local since 2018. In his free time Dr Shrey loves to play tennis, watch movies and enjoys spending some quality time with his family.
Did you know that your wisdom teeth can impact your oral health in several ways? Wisdom teeth or molars are the third and last set of adult teeth most people get in their late teens or early twenties. While some individuals have no problems with their wisdom teeth and they come in just fine, others may experience pain, crowding, or other issues requiring removal.
If you are considering wisdom teeth extraction, there are things you should be aware of.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common and outpatient dental procedure performed by our Dentist or oral surgeon at our dental practice in Allenstown at CQ DentalStudio, involving removing one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are four teeth most people get between the ages of 17 and 25. Some get them later in life; others get just one, two, or three wisdom teeth; some don’t get any at all.
Studies show wisdom teeth don’t need extraction if they are properly aligned and cause no problems. However, if you are experiencing oral problems due to your wisdom teeth, you may need to have them removed by your dentist.
Why Do You Need to Have Them Removed?
You may need wisdom tooth extractions for several reasons. Some of the most common include:
Impacted wisdom teeth: This is a condition wherein your wisdom teeth cannot break through the gum tissue due to lack of space. Normally, your wisdom tooth should erupt through the gum line at a 90-degree angle. However, if there isn’t enough space, it may erupt at an angle, causing it to become impacted. Impacted teeth can cause pain, crowding, and other problems.
Crowding: If your wisdom teeth come in without enough space, they may push on your other teeth and cause them to become crooked or crowded. Because crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, it can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth decay: Because of their position in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be challenging to brush and floss properly. If bacteria aren’t removed, it can damage the tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay.
Cysts: Fluid-filled sacs can form around impacted wisdom teeth. These cysts can damage the roots of nearby teeth and destroy the jawbone.
Gum Disease: This can result from an impacted wisdom tooth because food particles and bacteria can get trapped in the gum tissue, leading to an infection. This condition is known as pericoronitis, and it can manifest as bleeding, swollen, and tender gums near your wisdom tooth.
Damage to nearby teeth: Without enough room, wisdom teeth can continue to push against nearby teeth and damage them. They can also cause the neighbouring teeth to develop an infection or decay.
Wisdom tooth abscess: An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms around a tooth. It is caused by bacteria that have entered your wisdom teeth or gums. A dental abscess can be very painful and cause damage to the surrounding teeth.
The Ideal Time for Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Everyone’s case is different because wisdom teeth grow and develop at different rates. Generally, the ideal time to remove your wisdom teeth is between the ages of 17 and 25. This is because the roots are not fully developed, and the surgery is less complicated. Once they have erupted, the procedure becomes more complex.
- When your wisdom teeth are also likely to cause problems, Our Dentist may recommend that they be removed early on. This is a preventive measure to avoid any future complications and to help you maintain good oral health.
- Sometimes, wisdom teeth cause pain during pregnancy that cannot be postponed until a woman gives birth. In this case, the procedure can be done safely during pregnancy. Also, if you are considering Invisalign or braces, it is best to have your wisdom teeth removed at least two weeks after the surgery site has completely healed. Wisdom teeth may cause crowding and disrupt the alignment of your teeth.
What To Avoid During Recovery?
There are things you should and should not do to prevent any complications during the first few days following your surgery. Below is a list of these things:
- Start brushing your teeth a day after the procedure: Oral hygiene is vital to prevent infection. You may start brushing your teeth normally the next day, avoiding the surgery site to avoid irritation.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: You should continue using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating your gums as they heal.
- Gentle rinsing: 24 hours after the surgery, you may start rinsing your mouth with a cup of lukewarm water mixed with salt. You may do these 3 to 4 times a day for the next week.
- Avoid drinking through a straw: Sucking on a straw can dislodge the blood clot that forms at the surgery site and delay healing.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking can cause complications, including infection, dry socket, and impaired healing. If you smoke, it’s best to avoid it before and after your surgery or consider quitting for your overall dental health.
- Avoid strenuous physical activities: Strenuous activities can increase blood pressure and cause bleeding at the surgical site. Avoid these for at least 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.
- Take it easy: In general, you should relax and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours (or 48 hours if possible) after your surgery.
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