No More Third Molars
Most wisdom teeth in Melbourne need to be extracted when an individual is between the ages of 16 and 21. Often referred to as the “third molars,” these teeth once served a valuable purpose. When cavemen were eating uncooked meat and coarse fruits and vegetables, these teeth made it possible to tear, shred, and ultimately, consume the nutrients the body needed. Thankfully, our diets have changed since that time, and these teeth have become unnecessary, which means they are no longer used. This led to the jaw shrinking and problems developing with the third molars. Dr. James Trantham believes in eliminating these problems by removing the wisdom teeth and helping patients find relief from discomfort and achieve greater oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment and let Dr. Trantham and his team determine if you or your child need wisdom teeth removal.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
The decreasing size of a normal human jaw can often make it difficult for these third molars to erupt. However, should they begin to push through, it can put additional pressure on nearby teeth and lead to various problems, including infection, overcrowding, or even jaw pain.
When visiting your dentist in Melbourne, you can expect him to examine you or your child’s wisdom teeth, and if necessary, he might suggest extraction.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth that do not erupt are considered “impacted.” This can result in immense pain and tenderness under the gum line and should the wisdom teeth begin to grow at an angle, it can negatively impact your nearby teeth by putting unnecessary pressure on the tooth and its root. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you are at risk for:
- Increasing pain
- Tooth decay
- Damage to nearby teeth
Preventing Future Dental Problems
Depending on the status of your overall oral health and if Dr. Trantham believes it would be beneficial, he might suggest wisdom teeth extraction to prevent future dental problems. The reason is that:
- Wisdom teeth can increase the chances of developing oral diseases and infection.
- The older you are, the more difficult the procedure can be and greater the likeliness for post-extraction problems.
- Should your wisdom teeth partially erupt, it will be difficult to clean and as a result, increase your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
How Does the Extraction Process Work?
The type of procedure you have depends on whether the wisdom teeth are impacted or not. Wisdom teeth can be removed one of two ways: a simple or surgical procedure.
A simple extraction is possible when the teeth are partially visible above the gum line. Using a similar method to regular tooth extraction, Dr. Trantham will numb the area around the tooth and use dental forceps to gently move the tooth back and forth until it detaches.
A surgical procedure is performed when the teeth are impacted. This will require Dr. Trantham to administer anesthesia or sedation before making a small incision in the gums to expose the tooth structure. It is highly likely that if the tooth is at an odd angle, he will need to remove it in pieces before sealing the area.
Once your wisdom teeth extraction is completed, you will need to follow some tips to ensure proper healing in the days after. The following aftercare tips can help alleviate discomfort, reduce swelling, and get you back on your feet:
- As instructed by your dentist, make sure you keep gauze in your mouth for the necessary amount of time and change it out regularly.
- Eat softer foods in the days after your procedure. Yogurt, soup, and pudding are great options.
- Rest when you get home.
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.