Having your wisdom teeth removed does not have to be a traumatic experience! We will help you feel at ease as much as possible!
Wisdom teeth are your third and last permanent molars that usually erupt during your late teens or early twenties. There are many problems associated with wisdom teeth, including:
- Impaction: tooth is tilted due to lack of jaw space for eruption.
- Dental Caries: these teeth can be difficult to reach and clean.
- Pericoronitis: when bacteria accumulate under the gum flap.
Wisdom teeth can erupt in different positions or patterns that can cause problems that require them to be extracted:
- Angular Impaction
- Horizontal Impaction
- Partial Eruption
- Vertical Impaction
These problems can cause severe pain, swelling, difficulty eating and ultimately affect your overall health. If left undealt with an infection occurs it can spread to other teeth and/or other areas of your body. Neither is something we wish to happen, so we monitor your wisdom teeth closely once there are signs of them in clinically in the mouth, on your routine bitewing radiographs or if you report any symptoms to us. If required, we will recommend the removal of your wisdom tooth or teeth before they become a problem for you. Generally, by the age of about 31 to 32 years of age if your wisdom tooth or teeth have not caused you any issues they are not likely to and can probably stay in your mouth safely for the rest of your life. However, this is not a 100% guarantee, which is why we continue to monitor them at your regular 3, 4 or 6 monthly routine maintenance appointments just in case there are any changes.
Our dentists are experienced in wisdom teeth removal and we also offer wisdom teeth removal in the chair or under I.V sedation on site. If you are experiencing these symptoms with your wisdom teeth, contact us for a consultation and we can discuss what is a suitable treatment option for you. We also have available an orthopantomogram (OPG) machine on site that we use to check all your wisdom teeth at your consultation without having to refer you to another location to take one.