Another kooky wisdom teeth revelation

April 30, 2013 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Once again there has been another video emerge depicting the effects of wisdom teeth anaesthesia

A video of a young girl in the United States has emerged recently depicting her great love for her wisdom teeth. After they were extracted she can be seen as an inconsolable love-smitten girl seemingly in a love affair with her wisdom teeth. In the video she is lamenting about her lost wisdom teeth and even apologises to them saying that she believes she took their lives and was sorry that her body didn’t accept them. This video has joined the likes of “David After Dentist” which depicted a young child ‘tripping’ on wisdom teeth anaesthesia contemplating ‘real life’. This video was a viral hit on YouTube and even resulted in Justin Bieber doing a direct parody.

What’s the reality of wisdom teeth anaesthesia?

Dr Alex Abrahams is an expert in wisdom teeth extraction and treatments. He is proud to offer premium wisdom teeth treatments for a wide range of people, including dental anaesthesia and extractions. There are three main anaesthesia options for wisdom teeth removal, these include:

  • Local anaesthetic
  • Intra venous sedation with Local anaesthetic
  • Full General Anaesthetic

Dr Alex Abrahams will consult with you about which anaesthesia would be best for you and will evaluate your treatment, your age and your requirements. Local anaesthetic is administered by injection and is sometimes accompanied by oral sedatives or nitrous oxide sedation. This particular type of anaesthesia will numb one particular area and you will be fully conscious during your procedure, though still virtually pain free. Intra venous sedation (or IV sedation) is often administered through the arm and is a deeper form of sedation. You will have no recollection of the procedure though you will be conscious.

The deepest form of sedation is general anaesthetic which is usually administered in a hospital by proper medical doctors. You will be put into a deep sleep throughout the entire procedure and will have absolutely no recollection of the procedure whatsoever. Both general and IV anaesthesia are the treatments where a lot of people report feeling ‘loopy’ or confused and delirious.

Will I have to have my wisdom teeth out?

No not everybody has to have their wisdom teeth out and your normal dentist will consult with you about overcrowding and discuss your wisdom teeth positioning. Sometimes you don’t even have to wait for your wisdom teeth to erupt as your dentist may utilise a dental teeth x-ray to see deep beneath your gums. This particular type of x-ray is called a panoramic or OPG x-ray. Most people don’t have to have their wisdom teeth out until they’re in their early twenties so if you’re young there is really no need to worry until your mouth fully develops.

What can I do to make sure my wisdom teeth don’t cause any problems?

There is no sure-fire way to make sure that your wisdom teeth don’t cause complications, although there are steps you can take to prevent wisdom teeth complications. Wisdom teeth often don’t cause problems until the roots are fully developed. Once these are fully developed you can experience pain and discomfort, that’s why Dr Alex Abrahams prefers the prevention method, where wisdom teeth are extracted before the roots are fully developed.

To experience wisdom teeth removal in a comfortable and virtually pain-free environment, please contact us.

 

 

The wisdom of getting them removed

March 26, 2013 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

And the earlier you get the removed, the better

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Wisdom teeth do not seem very wise; they are generally painful and almost always need to be removed. Why are they called wisdom teeth? Well it has to do with when they erupt from the gums, wisdom teeth usually come up in our late teens or early twenties—and so by this age we are considered wiser than when the rest of our teeth appear in childhood.

…An evolutionary faux pax

As mentioned in our last post, it seems that we have the evolution of our brains to partially thank for impacted wisdom teeth. However, a study published just this week by an overseas university shows that there are in fact those who do not have wisdom teeth. The study stated that roughly 10 to 20 percent of the population do not have wisdom teeth at all. Why are these few so lucky? The reason is a random evolutionary mutation that occurred thousands of years ago which suppressed the development of wisdom teeth.

But just to give you an idea of how long this has been going on for the oldest evidence of impacted wisdom teeth dates back to around 18,000 BC! That gives you an idea of just how slow evolution is, if only in the last few thousand years has a random evolutionary mutation happened to deal with the now superfluous wisdom teeth.

The wisdom of getting them removed…

The earlier wisdom teeth are detected (and by this we mean prior to them erupting) the better (in every way imaginable) it will be for you and your general health. When you go to a dentist for a regular check-up they will—often once a year—ask if you would like an x-ray of your jaw. If you are a parent taking your teenager to the dentist, Dr Abrahams strongly, strongly recommends you let the dentist x-ray your child’s teeth and gums. The benefits of x-raying teeth are:

  • Pick up decay that the naked-eye can miss
  • Detect wisdom teeth before they erupted
  • It is the best way to be absolutely sure about the health of your teeth

…the sooner the better

Having your wisdom teeth removed (or the wisdom teeth of your child(ren)) will help prevent any further health issues down the track. This is an issue that we cannot stress enough; if your wisdom teeth have already erupted and are impacted Dr Abrahams would suggest you remove them as soon as is possible. Impacted wisdom teeth are painful and they affect your jaw, your bite all of which can snowball into many other health issues.
It is also important to note that we are here to referring to impacted wisdom teeth, when it is causing you pain, headaches and generally ruining your general health.

A side note…

Did you know that there are people whose wisdom teeth grow and it never bothers them? For these lucky people it is generally to do with the size of their teeth and how much there is when the wisdom teeth grow. But these people are a bit like the 10-20% who don’t have wisdom teeth. The point of this is just to point out that impacted wisdom teeth are not your friend but that wisdom teeth can sometimes (rarely) be benign.
Seriously though, who would want to risk it…

Thanks to advances in modern medical science removing impacted wisdom teeth is not rocket science, nor is it brain surgery. Dr Abrahams has a lot of experience removing impacted wisdom teeth and has helped tens of thousands of patients with their problems.

For more information on wisdom teeth, or to book an appointment with Dr Alex Abrahams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How evolution is to blame for impacted wisdom teeth

February 25, 2013 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

No it is not just bad luck… it seems our evolution has a major part to play in impacted wisdom teeth according to a new study…

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Our evolution has bumped us all up to the top of the food chain, but not without certain sacrifices. Even with all our success as a species – being able to walk on two legs, discovering fire, building cities – we all still experience issues that demonstrates our evolution might have been bungled somewhere along the way!

How does this relate to impacted wisdom teeth? The development of our large and complex brains meant we developed narrower mouths to compensate – and this resulted in impacted wisdom teeth. This is why many Australians will experience impacted wisdom teeth and will need them removed at some point in their lives.

When is best to remove wisdom teeth?

Dr Alex Abrahams recommends wisdom teeth should be removed in late adolescence, from ages 17-22. Patients of this age group are most suitable to wisdom tooth removal as their tooth roots have not completely matured and their bone tissue is less dense, meaning the extraction will be less painful and require less downtime than an adult extraction (aged 23+).

By extracting wisdom teeth you help to prevent problems later in life…

By removing impacted wisdom teeth, you are able to allow your mouth to remain healthy and maintain an optimal bite. If you neglect to have your wisdom teeth removed when they are impacted, more significant issues may occur later, including:

Infection

This can occur if the overlying gum tissue becomes inflamed or swollen. The result of infection is usually pain, bad breath, swollen neck and discharge that oozes from the site. We strongly recommend extraction as soon as possible if infection is present, as gum disease can be devastating to your oral health.

Pain

The pressure of your wisdom tooth can cause pain and discomfort at the site, including the tooth next to it and in the surrounding jaw bone. Severe pain can also induce headaches on the relevant side of the tooth ache.

Overcrowding

Wisdom teeth exert constant forward pressure, and as a result of this the other teeth in the mouth can become overcrowded in the jaw, especially during late teens. It is important to note that wisdom teeth that have caused overcrowding, once removed, the crowding will NOT correct itself and will need orthodontic intervention. Be sure to remove your wisdom teeth early to avoid this issue.

Cysts

All teeth in the mouth develop within a sac and when they fail to erupt, the sac remains and may expand to cause a cyst around the tooth. Cysts are dangerous as they can displace teeth and cause jaw fractures. Be sure to book an appointment at our practice if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your wisdom teeth.

A Resorption Cavity

This occurs when an impacted wisdom tooth pushes against a neighbouring molar as it tries to erupt. By forcing continuous pressure on the neighbouring molar tooth this can form a cavity, and leads to serious damage for both teeth involved. The result of a resorption cavity is usually the loss of both the wisdom teeth and the molar affected.

To discover more about wisdom teeth or to book an appointment to see Dr Abrahams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Wisdom tooth extraction – what you need to know

January 25, 2013 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Dr Alex Abrahams believes strongly in educating his patients…

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The majority of people have four wisdom teeth that emerge in the jaw, two in the upper part of the jaw and two at the bottom. Some individuals do not form their complete set, and can be missing one or more wisdom teeth, which is not unheard of. Typically, there is insufficient space at the rear end of the bone for wisdom teeth to fully erupt and be practical for the individual.

Whenever there is not enough space for the wisdom tooth to emerge, the teeth become wedged or compressed. Impactions can involve soft tissue (periodontal tissue), or even hard tissue (bone). Some fully hidden wisdom teeth remain in place and result in no noticeable problems; nevertheless, a large percentage will gradually cause issues. This is the reason why it is serious to have them taken out early so they do not cause significant issues later on in life.

Precisely what is wisdom tooth extraction?

Wisdom tooth removal is when our professional oral surgeon, Dr Alex Abrahams, removes one or perhaps more of your wisdom teeth to take control of or eliminate oral issues caused by the tooth’s poor location or partial emergence.

Why is it meaningful to remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth often come in crooked – both horizontally or tilted in the wrong direction. This can generate overcrowding and damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Yet another reason for extraction is whenever a wisdom tooth has partially erupted, meaning it hasn’t thoroughly emerged from the gum yet. The opening in the periodontal tissue will make it unpleasant to brush the tooth easily, advancing the potential of contracting oral cavities and periodontal disease. It additionally allows germs to settle, potentially causing irritation with pain, swelling, and possibly dental illness.

When should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?

After a detailed discussion with our oral surgeon, Dr Alex Abrahams, he will be able to determine whether your dental state calls for your wisdom teeth to be taken out or if they can be left to erupt naturally.
Who is the greatest candidate for wisdom tooth extraction?

It’s ideal to have the procedure practiced before the roots become completely matured and the bone tissue becomes denser. Subsequently, patients aged from 17-22 are the most suitable prospects for wisdom tooth removal. By getting rid of them early, we can help to reduce recovery time and any pain corresponding with the process.

Encounter wisdom tooth extraction with the best…

We believe that wisdom teeth should be investigated with a complete mouth X-ray at age 16 or 17 and that over 95% of wisdom teeth are probable to generate stress and should be removed before they do.

To find more about wisdom tooth extraction or perhaps to book an examination at our office, kindly do not be reluctant to contact us.

Nickelodeon star gets her wisdom teeth extracted

December 13, 2012 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Even celebrities need to have their wisdom teeth removed!

Nickelodeon celebrity Ashley Argota, made famous by her role as Lulu in Nickelodeon’s sitcom True Jackson, has had her wisdom teeth extracted. The 19-year-old actress/singer is the ideal age for a young adult to have their wisdom teeth extracted, so she can expect a speedy recovery!

Why remove wisdom teeth?

It is important to have your wisdom teeth removed to avoid impaction if there is not enough room, optimise orthodontic treatments and provide early intervention. The optimal time for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted is between 16-20 years of age, as this bracket allows easier removal which results in less pain and faster healing.

What issues could arise if I leave my wisdom teeth alone?

As a wisdom tooth starts to push through the gum, the flap of gum overlying it becomes inflamed and swollen. This can cause an array of problems such as:

  • Infection
  • Overcrowding
  • Cysts
  • Ulcers
  • Decay

Dr Alex Abrahams is an expert in this facet of dentistry and has over 30 years of extensive experience…
With over 30 years’ worth of experience in wisdom teeth extractions, it is safe to say that Dr Alex Abrahams is a master of his craft, and endeavours to help patients take care of their smiles by preventing problems caused by wisdom teeth.

For more information on our treatment or to book an appointment with Dr Alex Abrahams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your wisdom teeth questions answered!

November 30, 2012 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Understand all there is to know about your wisdom teeth

If your wisdom teeth are proving to be a hindrance to your daily routine then it might be time to have them extracted! If left in the gum, the tooth may cause impaction and cause your teeth to become crooked, cause more pushing and overcrowding and pain, swelling or infection!
Dr Alex Abrahams gets asked many different types of questions about wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth extraction, which is why we have decided to answer the most frequently asked questions here!

How long will I need to take off work to recover from my wisdom tooth extraction?

This varies with the level of your surgery and also your age. Generally the younger you are the less recovery time is necessary. Usually between two and five days is needed for recovery.

How soon can I eat after the removal of my wisdom teeth?

Again this can depend on the level of surgery and your age. For younger patients and more simpler surgeries, patients can consume soft foods within 6 hours of the surgery. For more difficult cases, consuming anything other than liquids may take a day or two.

Is the surgery painful?

If under general anaesthetic, you will be totally unaware of the procedure. If under IV sedation, you will not remember the procedure at all. If under local anaesthetic you will be aware, but numb. If you feel any pain or discomfort we will halt the procedure and administer more anaesthetic.
If you have any more questions regarding wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth extractions, Dr Alex Abrahams can easily answer your questions.
For more information on our treatment or to book an appointment with Dr Alex Abrahams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

An American Dentist loses court case and is made to pay out $9.8 million!

October 28, 2012 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Recently a dentist has had to cough up $9.8 million for a botched wisdom tooth surgery

A dentist who performed a wisdom tooth extraction left behind parts of the tooth in the patient’s periodontal tissue, which left the patient with extensive oral nerve damage, chronic pain, a fractured jaw, memory loss, migraines, fear, anxiety, depression and a permanent loss of taste.

The jury found the dental practitioner guilty and was ordered to pay for the patient’s restorative dental treatments and pain and suffering.

The court found that the patient did not give his informed consent for the operation, and the dentist stopped mid extraction because he was told the tooth was fused to the bone!

Knowledge and comfort means a safe procedure with Dr Alex Abrahams…

With over 28 years’ experience, Dr Alex Abrahams has successfully extracted over 10,000 wisdom teeth and will not start a surgical procedure unless he has the informed consent of his patient. This is why he will sit with you and ensure you fully understand the process before continuing to surgery.

Expert extractions mean less pain and discomfort…

With Dr Alex Abrahams you can be rest assured knowing your dentist is qualified, knowledgeable and most of all, cares about your concerns!

Wisdom tooth extraction is a difficult choice to make, but when that time comes choose a dentist who strives to bring you high quality, advanced dental care whilst relieving you of your tooth pain.

For more information on wisdom teeth or to book a consultation with Dr Alex Abrahams, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Girl claims she is a wizard after wisdom teeth surgery

September 17, 2012 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Teen becomes certain she attends Hogwarts after anaesthetic lingers

After getting her wisdom teeth removed with the help of anaesthesia, the drive home proved something other-worldly as the effects of the drugs lingered. The teen claimed to be a wizard who goes to Hogwarts, and was certain she had been put under a spell to make her forget.

While the teen was serious about these claims, her mother found the situation hilarious; videotaping the ride home to document her daughter’s confused ramblings. With over 200,000 hits, it seems her mother is not the only one who found her ramblings humorous!

Wisdom teeth woes

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of issues for the mouth; impacting upon other teeth, putting pressure on tooth alignment and causing shifts in jaw alignment, not to mention overcrowding and an increase in ulcers and sores.
This is why it can be important to have them removed early, generally between the ages of 17 and 20, to ensure rapid recovery and reduce pain associated with wisdom teeth.

The Dr Alex Abrahams difference…

With Dr Abrahams, you are in the best of hands. With extensive knowledge and experience in the dental profession, Dr Abrahams really has you covered. Our paradigm is to ensure you get the best treatment possible, which is why we will take an x-ray at every consultation to gain a full idea of what your wisdom teeth are doing and how we can extract them.

For more information on wisdom teeth or to book an appointment, please contact us.

Crazy Myths about Wisdom Teeth Removal!

September 3, 2012 | Posted in: Wisdom Teeth

Dr Alex Abrahams has extracted 10,000 teeth over his 28 year career and has heard all the crazy myths from anxious patients about wisdom teeth removal.

Many people are afraid of wisdom tooth removal as they believe it will be painful, when in actual fact if you under a general anaesthetic, you will be totally unaware of the procedure! If under IV sedation, you will not have any memory of the procedure, and if under local anaesthetic then you are aware, but it will be numb.

Explore our crazy myths about wisdom teeth removal to feel more relaxed during your procedure…

Myth #1- Your Jaw will be broken to access your wisdom teeth…

This one is completely false. We do not break anyone’s jaw to access wisdom teeth, even if they are impacted! Some established wisdom teeth in older patients may have to be removed from jaw bone material during the procedure, but the integrity of this bone is left intact.

Myth #2- We make incisions through the outside of your cheeks to gain greater access to your wisdom teeth…

Incorrect as well! We will never make any incisions outside of the mouth, and our incisions to your gum tissue are minimally invasive to ensure a swift recovery.

Myth #3- Your jaw will be dislocated during the procedure…

False – In fact we only open your mouth to a width of approximately two fingers!

Myth #4- We will stand on your chest to pull the wisdom teeth out…

Of course not! We use advanced technology to remove your wisdom teeth, and if a tooth is particularly difficult to extract we will remove it piece by piece.

Myth #5- We continue the procedure if the anaesthetic has worn off…

Wrong again! Patient care and comfort is the most important priority for Dr Alex Abrahams. Should you feel any pain or discomfort, the procedure is paused and more anaesthetic is given.

To experience wisdom teeth removal in a comfortable and virtually pain-free environment, please contact us.

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