Teeth problems are not always straight forward. Though many oral issues can be treated without surgical intervention, some conditions simply require more to restore your good oral health and bring you back to your natural, pain-free state. Whether you’re experiencing pain from an infected root canal or need to have wisdom teeth removed, there are a variety of conditions that can be treated by Sherwood Family Dental. Dr. Mulholland and his team are fully equipped to provide the highest level of oral surgery in Victoria.
Usually appearing well into your teenage years or into early adulthood, wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to come out. Located at the very back of your mouth, wisdom teeth can often cause discomfort varying from mild to extreme when they break through the gum line.
While many people’s wisdom teeth grow perfectly straight and cause no problems other than the aforementioned discomfort during the eruption, some less fortunate patients’ experience is more painful. The most common causes of wisdom teeth troubles are misaligned teeth or impacted ones, both requiring extractions to correct and avoid further complications.
Misaligned wisdom teeth are simply teeth that grow in crooked. When the last molars finally emerge but come out at a slight angle, a range of problems can surface; crowding, damage to nearby teeth, as well as jaw and nerve damage can all be the result of a misaligned wisdom tooth.
Impacted teeth occur when the erupting wisdom tooth is blocked by another and cannot break through the gum line. Patients with impacted wisdom teeth often experience severe pain due to the condition. If the tooth does manage to push through the space available to it, more complications such as gum damage, infection, and damage to the jaw line or to the other teeth can arise.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
To circumvent any negative and long-lasting effect on your oral health caused by misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth, it is recommended and often required to remove the troublesome molars. During the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon tending to the patient makes an incision in the gum to expose the concerning tooth.
From that point, the attending dental professional may choose to divide the tooth in multiple sections for easier removal, or to remove the tooth whole with the help of a specialized tool. Once all debris is cleaned from the extraction site, the wound is typically stitched before gauze is placed on the extraction site to facilitate the formation of a blood clot.
Wisdom teeth extractions are performed under the effect of local anaesthesia, but we understand that the thought of oral surgery can be bothersome to some patients. Sherwood Family Dental offers various methods of sedation (oral, IV, or nitrous oxide) to help you feel as comfortable as possible with the extraction.
Root Canal Therapy
If you’re suffering from a severe toothache or have been experiencing prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold temperatures, you might require a root canal. This procedure is performed when the nerve tissue of the tooth is damaged or infected, causing unpleasant symptoms such as pain, sensitivity to verifying temperatures and pressure, swelling, tenderness, and discoloration of the tooth.
Performed by a dentist or an endodontist, a root canal consists of the removal of the dental pulp. The nerve tissue is then replaced by a paste that acts as a sealant, and capped with a filling to repair the exterior access hole. Because teeth requiring root canal therapy are often weak or severely damaged, a crown or other restoration might need to take place after your initial appointment to strengthen the affected tooth and prevent breaking.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain and think wisdom teeth extraction or root canal therapy in Victoria is necessary, please call Sherwood Family Dental to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you!