Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Your wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 21, and are the last set of teeth to appear in our mouths. We’re supposed to be a little bit wiser at this stage of our lives, hence the name wisdom teeth! They’re basically a third set of molars that develop at the back of our mouths.

Some people never get wisdom teeth, some people get them but they can’t actually be seen. Some people may never have any problems with their wisdom teeth, but a lot of people do. We call these ‘impacted wisdom teeth’, and in most cases wisdom teeth extraction is required.

Here at The Dental Family Beaumaris  we can answer all your questions about wisdom teeth extraction. Our friendly dentists perform this procedure regularly, and can advise on the best path forward after examining your wisdom teeth.

Why Do We Extract Wisdom Teeth?

Problems with wisdom teeth generally arise because they simply don’t fit in our jaws. Our jaws have gotten smaller over time and usually stop growing at around 18 years. These are some of the problems you could get as a result:

  • Recurring infection and pain is the most common symptom that can occur, which can sometimes lead to facial swelling and severe pain;
  • Tooth decay;
  • Gum disease;
  • Decay or gum disease to adjacent teeth;
  • Food and other debris can get trapped behind wisdom teeth;
  • In rare cases, cysts  can occur around the tooth under the gum.

How Long Does Pain After Wisdom Tooth Removal Last?

At an appointment with your Bayside family dentist, they’ll assess the complexity of the wisdom teeth extraction and decide with you whether a local anaesthetic is sufficient. In some cases a general anaesthetic will be required, in which case a referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may be required.

The recovery time after the operation depends on how complex the wisdom teeth removal was. Over the counter pain medication may be sufficient to manage the pain, but in many cases you will be prescribed stronger medication. Generally after 3-4 days the discomfort in your wisdom teeth should have subsided.

You can expect there to be some bleeding at the site of the extraction after the operation, as incisions were made and teeth and possibly bone were removed. There is also likely to be some swelling and bruising around your cheeks, which should disappear after a few days. 

If the pain or discomfort doesn’t start to improve or gets worse after 3-4 days following your wisdom teeth removal, you’ll need to come in and see one of the dentists at our Bayside dental clinic.

What Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

For a few days after your procedure you’ll only be able to eat soft foods. The extraction site is going to be tender and jaw opening will be restricted due to swelling, so chewing will be harder. 

Soft foods could include smoothies, yoghurts, soups, broths, mashed potatoes, ice cream and pureed fruit or vegetables. After a few days you’ll be able to move onto things like scrambled eggs and toast. 

When Can I Eat After Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

The discomfort levels will normally be too high for you to start eating straight away. Once hunger sets in though, you can start on your healthy diet of soft foods such as the ones we’ve mentioned above. 

After about a week you should be able to return to normal eating. We’d recommend maintaining a healthy diet to assist with your recovery, and stay away from acidic or really tough foods for a few weeks. 

If you have any questions about wisdom tooth extraction, The Dental Family Beaumaris can help so get in touch with us today. We’re a Bayside dental clinic offering a wide range of dental services for all members of your family.