Wisdom teeth: What you need to know
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually erupt when a person is between 17 and 24 years old. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when one or more of your third molars have no room to enter the arch, are misaligned, or are growing at an angle that keeps them from fully erupting.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
You might think that while they're hidden under the surface of your gums, wisdom teeth are safe from disease and can do little harm. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Third molars can get cavities, abscesses, gum disease, cysts and can damage adjacent teeth when they are impacted. As a preventative measure, many people have their wisdom teeth removed before these problems arise.
Regular check-ups with your dentist allows them to monitor, track and assess the health and position of your wisdom teeth. Keeping you informed on the state of your Wisdom teeth as they are forming.
Should wisdom teeth stay or should they go?
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
Damage to Adjacent Teeth
Read more about Wisdom teeth symptoms to watch out for here
Wisdom teeth removal
Your dentist or a specialist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth to prevent health or infection problems or for other reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.
At Carlton Dental, among the many general and emergency dental care services we provide is tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are more frequently extracted than any other teeth. This is because they can cause problems from the time they break through the gums, or erupt, around age 18 - 21. Insufficient space is often a major concern with wisdom teeth, as is impaction in which the teeth are partially or completely enclosed in the gum or the bone, therefore extracting them is what most dentists suggest, and so do we.
In addition, the condition of your mouth changes over time, which makes it wise to monitor wisdom teeth that are not removed. Wisdom teeth have the potential for developing problems later, long after they have erupted (pushed through the gum to show the whole tooth).
As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important for allowing your dentist to evaluate not just your wisdom teeth, but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease as well as achieve optimal oral health.
Visit Carlton Dental for safe and gentle Wisdom teeth removal
Our dentists here at Carlton Dental offer removal of wisdom teeth in a calm and compassionate environment that takes the anxiety out of tooth extraction. Whether you opt for local anaesthesia in one of our dentists’ chairs or general anaesthesia in a hospital, the choice is entirely yours.
Pain free extraction
Oral sedatives are also available to you in our surgery as an accompaniment to local anaesthesia if you prefer. While the local anaesthetic alone will prevent pain, the sedation lessens your awareness of the procedure. Of course, general anaesthesia in a hospital enables you to be completely unaware of the entire experience as you sleep through the procedure.
Whichever option you choose, you are our primary concern. Ensuring your comfort and relaxation as we provide excellence in dental care is our commitment to you.
Find out more about wisdom teeth extraction here
If you have any queries or concerns in relation to your wisdom teeth or any other oral health matters, please contact our practice on 9347 2033, our team are more than happy to assist.