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Wisdom Teeth

Problematic Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed

Illustration of wisdom teethMost adults have 4 wisdom teeth. These are molars, positioned at the very back of the mouth. They are usually the last to come through the gum, appearing during the late teens or early 20s (17-to-25 years of age). Some wisdom teeth don’t cause any issues and erupt normally.

If wisdom teeth come through and there is enough room, there will be minor discomfort and they will likely end up in a useful position. If they are causing pain, then they are usually doing damage and a dentist should be seen immediately.

Problems Wisdom Teeth Can Cause

There are many common problems with wisdom teeth. They can develop a cyst, an infection, or the most common issues are caused when there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come through (erupt).

When there is not enough room in the jaw, wisdom teeth can damage the next tooth by grinding on it and causing tooth decay and gum infections.

Another common problem with wisdom teeth pushing their way through when there isn’t enough room, is the overcrowding of the teeth. Pushing the other teeth closer together affects a person’s bite and creates crooked teeth, ruining a person’s smile.

Removal of Wisdom Teeth

During an examination we will take X-rays to assess your wisdom teeth and determine the best treatment plan. In some situations, just a small amount of the gum needs to be cut to allow the Wisdom Tooth to come through correctly.

If the wisdom teeth have to be removed, sometimes it’s as straightforward as removing any other tooth. During your consultation with us we’ll be able to determine what treatment plan is best for you. This can include having the procedure done under local anaesthetic or under intravenous sedation in our dental chair. In some extreme cases the wisdom teeth are removed under general anaesthetic in a hospital.

NOTE: The younger you are when having wisdom teeth removed the better, as the surrounding bone is softer and the tooth roots are not fully developed.

It’s normal to have some minor swelling for a few days after the extraction. You can apply a cold pack to your cheeks and take painkillers, but do not exceed the maximum dose.

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When you choose us for your care, you don’t need a referral. Simply contact us to book an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you into our care and crafting the perfect treatment plan for your needs. Get started today!

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Maroubra NSW | (02) 9344 4433