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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Toowong.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 3870 3220.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Are your wisdom teeth causing severe pain? Have your wisdom teeth removed safely at Jephson Street Dental.

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Contact us on (07) 3870 3220 and arrange your appointment with Dr. Lidija Lakic!

 

Dr. Lidija Lakic

The last teeth to emerge are your wisdom teeth, usually in your late teens or early twenties; not all wisdom teeth do emerge and not everyone has complications with their wisdom teeth.

When complications arise, they are referred to as impacted, this can cause other teeth to crowd and become crooked and they can often be painful, leaving extraction as the best option.

Extraction of wisdom teeth can be completed in our practice under a local anaesthetic; some people who are having all their wisdom teeth extracted or fall under the high-risk category for complications may have them removed in hospital.

Most recovery will only take a few days of rest, eating soft foods and you should avoid hot drinks and alcohol, while any discomfort can usually be managed with over the counter analgesics. You may experience some facial swelling and bleeding, however, this should subside within 24 hours.

What is a Wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth – also known as third molars – normally emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth are usually the last permanent teeth that appear in the mouth. A person can have as many as 4 wisdom teeth or none at all. The problem with wisdom teeth is that they tend to grow the wrong way, either emerging at an angle or in an incorrect position.

When a wisdom tooth does not fully erupt, emerges out of alignment or gets stuck below the surface of the gums, it is known as an impacted tooth. By pushing into a space that wasn’t meant for it, the impacted tooth forces its neighbouring teeth out of alignment and creates space constraint issues. This can further lead to dental ailments like infection and bone damage.

One of the most common reasons patients give for the removal of their wisdom teeth is to deal with the associated pain – with many patients seeing a dentist about their wisdom teeth only after the pain has set in. However, it is wiser to extract your wisdom teeth earlier rather than after the symptoms start to manifest. In fact, the best time to consult a dentist to assess the potential risks of developing impacted wisdom teeth is when you’re still in your late teens or early 20s.

Why must I extract my wisdom teeth?

If you are aged between 17 and 25, and feeling unexplained spasms of pain in the back of your mouth or jaw, there is a possibility that it may be linked to an impacted wisdom tooth. However, you do not have to wait for pain or discomfort to manifest before you do something about your wisdom tooth.

The best way to determine if you are getting your wisdom teeth is to go for an oral examination. With the help of a proper evaluation – which may or may not include X-rays – the dentist will be in the best position to assess whether your wisdom teeth are erupting abnormally, and if other teeth might in any way be affected by their emergence. If your wisdom tooth is coming in at an angle, pushing against – or obstructing the normal development of – other teeth, you would be advised to extract them.

If a wisdom tooth infection has been diagnosed, the tooth must also be removed. Infection occurs when a wisdom tooth does not fully emerge. The partially erupted tooth breaks the skin of the gums, leaving a flap of gum tissue that is prone to trapping bacteria. The bacterial build-up can give rise to serious infections and if left untreated, may lead to cyst or bone damage.

As there are no real benefits to keeping your wisdom teeth, nor are there side effects of removal, it is often a wiser choice to get rid of them before they become a problem in the future.

Why is it advisable to remove one’s wisdom teeth as early as possible?

The older you become, the denser the bone around your wisdom tooth gets – and the roots would also have grown much deeper. This makes the wisdom tooth removal procedure a lot more complex while reducing its rate of success. Besides higher operative risks, post-surgery healing would take a longer time. That is why many people prefer to have their wisdom teeth removed when they are still in their early 20s or late teens.

If you belong to this age group, even if your impacted wisdom tooth is not currently giving you any trouble, it is still wise to get rid of it. It almost always will become a problem if left in place. This is especially true with wisdom teeth in the lower jaw.

Since your wisdom teeth do not serve any significant function such as biting or chewing, the best thing you can do is to remove them while it is safer and easier to do so.

If you’re not sure if wisdom teeth removal will benefit you, contact us on (07) 3870 3220 for a proper evaluation today.

What are symptoms that indicate my wisdom teeth are erupting?

Our wisdom teeth are often the last to emerge, when all our adult teeth are set in place with little or no room left. When these newly erupted teeth press against the existing molars, they can trigger a sharp pain or cause discomfort. The partially erupted wisdom teeth also create tiny gaps with the molars in which bacteria may start to grow. This can lead to tooth or gum infection that requires immediate attention.

Besides experiencing a pain in the jawbone or back of the mouth, there are other symptoms that may suggest an impacted wisdom tooth: Bad breath (halitosis); difficulty opening/ closing one’s mouth; jaw stiffness; headache; gum swelling; small swollen lumps around the jaw area.

However, none of these symptoms provide conclusive evidence that you will need to remove your wisdom teeth. The best thing to do is to go for an oral exam and let the dentist evaluate your condition.

Wisdom Teeth Removal - Post Extraction Care Instructions

Our goal is for your healing process after an extraction to be as comfortable as possible. The removal of teeth is a surgical procedure, and post-operative care is imperative. Please click here to download instructions.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Don’t delay a wisdom tooth removal. If you’re experiencing dental pain or suspect a problem with your wisdom tooth, contact Jephson Street Dental in Brisbane at (07) 3870 3220.