EXTRACTIONS INVOLVE THE REMOVAL OF TEETH THAT DON’T NEED SPECIAL SURGICAL ATTENTION.
This procedure is perfect if you have a decayed tooth that needs removing, require orthodontic extractions or if your wisdom teeth are growing in impacted.
It is common for most people to require at least one extraction during their life, with most able to be performed with a local anaesthetic.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are your last teeth to emerge and tend to come through between the ages of 17 and 25, although 11% of the population never develop wisdom teeth at all.
The remaining 89% may have as few as one or as many as four. For some people, they erupt without any problems the same as all other teeth, but for others, they can create a range of complications.
The main problem with wisdom teeth is when they become impacted. This means they have developed at an angle, will not emerge straight and only partially come through your gum-line. The tooth will also most likely be growing towards your other healthy teeth at the back of the mouth. This is dangerous as the underside of your tooth isn’t protected by enamel, so the impacted tooth could collide with your dental pulp (nerves) resulting in pain and the destruction of a tooth.
However, not all impacted wisdom teeth will cause pain alerting you to the problem. That is why we recommend x-rays in your late teens and early twenties so we can detect any issues with the development of your wisdom teeth.
IT IS ESTIMATED OVER 80% OF WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED.
It is not possible to predict if or when your wisdom teeth will cause problems, although it is highly advised to remove them earlier rather than later. Even wisdom teeth which are going straight can regularly cause issues later in life. That is why it is generally recommended all four wisdom teeth are removed unless they develop fully with no problems or pain. If you do remove your wisdom teeth later in life, it can be more difficult as it takes a longer to heal.
Post-procedural care for extractions
Recovery will generally take a few days for most people. You may experience some slight post-operative swelling and mild discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relief medication is often all that is required to relieve your discomfort. Stronger medication can be prescribed if needed. A soft food diet is also recommended for several days.
At Refresh Dental Spa, we take the utmost care to ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment. If we can do anything to make you more comfortable or if you have any questions, please ask us during your appointment.