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Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) generally start to erupt in the late teens or early twenties. For many people, the jaw can be too small to accommodate the wisdom teeth. As the teeth emerge, they can come out at angles, push against other teeth, become impacted and cause significant pain and even infections. This can lead to damage to other teeth, jaw cysts, and even swollen lymph glands and infections.
If this is happening to you, it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Throughout your late teens and early twenties, your dentist will closely monitor your teeth and assess whether removal will be necessary or not.
The ease of the wisdom teeth removal procedure depends on how cleanly the teeth are erupting and any associated oral health issues. Your dentist will either use local or general anaesthesia depending on the complexity of the procedure. A small incision is made in the gum to expose the tooth and the surrounding bone. The tooth is then removed, the site cleaned and stitched up if necessary.
Recovery time will depend on your circumstances, although generally, it should take no more than a week. Our experienced and compassionate dentists will work with you to plan out your return to eating solid foods and how to make the recovery process as smooth as possible.
At Northland Dental Clinic, we provide expert wisdom teeth removal services across Melbournes northern suburbs including Bundoora, Heidelberg, Preston, Reservoir, Thornbury and the surrounding areas.
In addition to wisdom teeth removal, we offer a wide variety of services including:
So if you are in the Bundoora, Heidelberg, Reservoir, Bundoora or Thornbury area and need your wisdom teeth looked at by a professional, call Northland Dental Clinic on (03) 9478 1036 today. We have over 40 years of experience in providing exceptional service and unbeatable results. Every patient is different, and we take the time to get to know you and carefully assess your situation in order to come up with the best treatment plan possible.