Of all your teeth, it is the wisdom teeth that can cause the most pain and are usually the most difficult to treat.
The team here at 1300 Great Smile dentist Joondalup specialise in the inspection and treatment of problematic wisdom teeth, and we ensure any discomfort that you are in is kept to a minimum.
Why Is My Wisdom Tooth Painful?
Wisdom teeth are usually the last to come through, and they normally do not begin to erupt before the age of 17.
For many of us, they can come through quite normally with just minimal discomfort. Sometimes though they can be problematic, especially if there is not enough room for them to come through. If this happens, then the wisdom tooth can become impacted.
Will I Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Firstly, the dentist will examine you and can also give you an x-ray to see exactly what is happening back there. Once this is done, we will be able to determine if you will need your wisdom tooth removed or not.
There are two main reasons why your dentist will advise you to extract a wisdom tooth:
- You have an infection around the gum caused by a wisdom tooth not being to fully come through the gum. This is known as Pericoronitis.
- When there is tooth decay in the area. Because of the position of the teeth it can be quite difficult to achieve proper cleaning and flossing, and decay can occur.
Depending on the complexity of the tooth, your tooth may be removed at the dental practice or in the case of a difficult removal this would have to be done by a specialist oral surgeon.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Like most tooth extractions, there may be some slight discomfort after the removal of your wisdom tooth. This varies with each individual patient, although do expect even some minor swelling and irritation for several days.
Your dentist will advise you on the correct after treatment oral hygiene and may even recommend you to take such analgesic painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
Your dentist will recommend that you return for another appointment for an inspection of the area and to remove any stitches.
To book your consultation to have your wisdom teeth treated, then please complete the form on this page, or call us now on (08) 9404 9500.