Wisdom Teeth Removal and Related Issues

Wisdom teeth are usually last teeth to grow in adults (aged 18 to 30). Perhaps because the period when these teeth grow are when the adult has become fully conscious, they are indeed called ‘wisdom’ teeth. In most cases, growing of wisdom tooth/teeth may cause pain, swelling and fever, affecting chewing capabilities and dental health.

Why is it painful to grow wisdom teeth?

The pain may be caused because when wisdom teeth are growing, both jaw bone structure has been completed, surrounding gums have stablised. When the wisdom tooth is growing, opening of gum may cause pain which could last for days until the wisdom tooth has fully grown.

Wisdom teeth grow when other permanent teeth on the arch have fully grown, stablised in position and incapable of relocating to provide space for wisdom teeth to grow later. If there is not enough space, growing of wisdom teeth may cause more pain and may affect surrounding teeth.

Therefore, when experiencing unusual pain in the inner part of the jaw, you should visit dentist to get advice as soon as possible.

When do you need wisdom tooth removal?

If there is available space, wisdom tooth can fully grow without removal. However, frequent attention is required because wisdom teeth are difficult to clean due to its location further back in the jaw.

In cases where wisdom teeth do not grow normally, removal is needed as soon as possible to prevent the impact on surrounding teeth.

Is wisdom tooth removal dangerous?

The safety of wisdom teeth removal depends largely on the dentist as well as the dental health of patient. If the patient is using medicine or has specific health condition such as heart problem, diabetes, blood related disease, etc. Extra control before the surgery is needed.

Wisdom tooth removal, especially in tilted and under cases, is a complex and invasive technique, requiring the dentist to be qualified and experienced in the field. The difficulty of each case depends on the direction of growth, shape and number of tooth roots.

What is atraumatic wisdom tooth removal?

Nowadays, with the advancement in technology and modern dental equipment, wisdom tooth removal is a surgery that could be completed painlessly by specialists within 20 – 30 minutes.

The modern technological system includes: (1) CT Cone Beam which enables dentists to identify direction of growth, shape of wisdom teeth; (2) Piezotome which enables dentist to remove wisdom tooth and minimise the invasion for patient. Anaesthetists could provide support for complicated removals.

Atraumatic wisdom teeth removal is carried out under the support of anaesthetist. This is the removal technique which minimises the invasion and helps the patient to relax during the whole process.

This technique enables the wound to health faster, save time and minimise the impact on patient’s life and work.

Is it possible to remove 4 wisdom teeth at once?

With the support of anaesthetist and Piezotome machine, four wisdom teeth can be removed within 1 hour 30 minutes.

What if the lower wisdom teeth are close to nerves?

Due to the location of wisdom teeth, its removal will be more difficult compared to other permanent teeth. However, with the support of modern technology, this process could be carried out with safety, even though the location of wisdom teeth is close to nerves.

The piezotome ultrasonic wavelengths are flexible with a selective frequency of 28 – 36 Khz, affecting hard tissues, without damaging the soft tissues. Because of the use of ultrasound to separate teeth from the bony bone, this technique does not cause as much damage or invasive as traditional tooth extraction and also faster healing.

Wisdom tooth removal procedure with Piezotome

Dr Hung & Associates Dental Center is fully equipped with modern technology and highly experienced dental experts are able to perform atraumatic wisdom teeth removal to help patients fully relax during the process and minimise the invasion and post-removal issues.