Wisdom Teeth Management
Wisdom Teeth are the third and final set of molars located right at the very back of the dental arches in the mouth. When healthy and properly aligned, Wisdom Teeth can be a valuable asset. More often than not, however, Wisdom Teeth are misaligned and impacted. This puts pressure on existing teeth and, therefore, requires removal.
When is surgery required?
A Dentist may suggest Wisdom Teeth Removal if the teeth are misaligned. Issues such as periodontal problems, crowding, and damage to the neighbouring teeth may occur if Misaligned Wisdom Teeth are not removed. Atypical facial pain can also occur if Impacted Wisdom Teeth are not correctly dealt with. In many cases, Wisdom Teeth are partially present and already affecting the health of the mouth before surgery is suggested.
In order to diagnose and treat Impacted Wisdom Teeth, an x-ray is done to examine the teeth and possible extent of the damage. A Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon such as Dr Naidoo is the most equipped medical professional to conduct surgery safely if Wisdom Teeth require removal.
How is surgery performed?
Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons commonly deal with the management of Impacted Wisdom Teeth and are, therefore, skilled professionals in diagnosing and treating the condition. After diagnosis, Dr Naidoo will perform surgery to remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth in the rooms or in theatre. This procedure is often conducted under general anaesthesia, but local anaesthesia may be applied in suitable cases.
After anaesthesia has been administered, an incision is made into the gum tissue. The Impacted Wisdom Teeth are then exposed and removed before the wound is closed with sutures to promote rapid healing. Dr Naidoo will discuss the recovery process after surgery as well as what patients should do to care for incisions as they heal. With his expertise, Dr Naidoo can ensure a faster, less painful recovery.