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Teeth Removal

Dentistry data shows that approximately 20-25% of the world’s population has between 1 and 3 wisdom teeth. Scientists believe that humans needed these third sets of molars in the days of early civilisation. Humans would use these teeth to digest hard-to-chew plants and food. As food developed, so did our teeth.

Nowadays, wisdom teeth only take up space in our mouths. That’s why millions of people get theirs removed each year.

Coorparoo Dentists provides top-notch dental care, including wisdom teeth removal in Coorparoo and Brisbane. Our process is quick and efficient, helping you live a comfortable, healthy life.

Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

There are a few reasons Australians decide to move forward with a dental extraction for their wisdom teeth. Firstly, it prevents overcrowding in the mouth. Depending on how the set of molars grow, they can severely affect biting and chewing. Also, wisdom teeth can cause constant discomfort.

Secondly, the growth of wisdom teeth can damage surrounding teeth. There are several issues that this damage can cause including, an underbite, overbite, severe pain, and others. By removing a bothersome wisdom tooth, you can keep your teeth aligned and comfortable.

Wisdom teeth also have the potential to do damage to your jaw. Similar to your teeth being out of place, the same can happen with your jaw. This discomfort can also cause critical nerve damage.

Other reasons why you may elect to remove your wisdom teeth include sinus problems, inflamed gums, multiple cavities, and crooked teeth. You should seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner if you feel any discomfort related to your teeth.

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How We Remove the Teeth

How we go about removing wisdom teeth depends on several factors. Not everyone’s wisdom teeth come in the same. Some sprout at an angle, while others don’t emerge from your gums. Your dentist will determine what surgical or invasive procedure is best for your situation.

Our patient-friendly staff will let you know the procedure details before the dental extraction, including what to expect and the operation length. If you have a fully exposed wisdom tooth, the removal process is the same as any normal tooth.

If the tooth remains under your gum, it will be a more complex procedure. We will remove the tooth in small pieces. Your surgeon will cut into your gums to remove the tooth and parts of the jaw bone.

But not to worry—your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure will take place.

Plus, if you suffer from crippling dental anxiety, we have the options of happy gas and Intravenous sedation or Twilight services to support you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teeth may need to be removed for several reasons, including severe decay, infection, impacted wisdom teeth, preparation for orthodontic treatment, or teeth that are broken beyond repair. Your dentist will always consider alternative treatments first and recommend extraction only when it’s the most beneficial option for your oral health.

The extraction process begins with your dentist numbing the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic. For a simple extraction, the dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it. Surgical extractions, often required for impacted teeth or those broken below the gum line, involve making an incision in the gum. You may receive stronger anaesthesia or sedation, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Thanks to local anaesthesia and sedation options, the tooth extraction process itself is not painful. You will likely feel pressure but should not experience discomfort. After the procedure, as the anaesthesia wears off, you may experience some soreness, which can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and following your dentist’s aftercare instructions.

Post-extraction care is crucial for a smooth recovery. You’ll be advised to rest, avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously, not use straws (to prevent dislodging the blood clot from the socket), eat soft foods, and gradually reintroduce solid foods as healing progresses. Pain management might include prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers, and you’ll need to keep the extraction site clean according to your dentist’s instructions.

While generally safe, tooth extraction can have potential risks, such as infection, prolonged bleeding, dry socket (when the blood clot fails to form or is dislodged), and damage to nearby teeth or jawbone. Your dentist will discuss these risks and how they are minimised or managed.

Recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the extraction and your overall health. For simple extractions, many patients feel better within a few days, although it’s advised to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24-48 hours to promote healing. Surgical extractions may require a longer recovery time, and it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice closely during this period.

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The Healing Process

Depending on the scope of your procedure, your recovery process will vary. A common thing you will have to deal with post-operation is bleeding of the mouth. To remedy this, place a piece of gauze over the impacted area and bite down. The gauze will absorb the extraneous blood until the area is dry.

In the immediate aftermath of your procedure, you should be on a soft diet. Biting will be painful on this side after your procedure. Similarly, when you brush your teeth, avoid the wisdom teeth area for at least a couple of days.

As with most operations, you will also experience swelling in the area of your wisdom teeth. You can resolve this with the use of ice packs. Apply ice in short increments on the day of surgery and the following. Your dentist will recommend the best medication to take for pain relief or anti-inflammatory purposes.

Your surgeon will most likely recommend that you rinse your mouth with saltwater starting from next day and continuing for about a week.. This process reduces swelling of the gums. Most patients make a full recovery about two weeks from the date of their procedure.

Schedule an Appointment

We commit ourselves to the service of Coorparoo and the greater Brisbane area, providing dental services to those in need.

If you are looking to consult with one of our leading dentists, contact us today. Our talented staff will talk to you about the status of your wisdom teeth. One of our expert dentists will sit down with you and discuss your options. There’s a reason why we’re the best dental office for wisdom teeth removal in Coorparoo.

Our sole goal is to relieve your discomfort and prevent future dental conditions!

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


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