Wisdom Teeth Removal
Do I need my wisdom teeth out?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to come through. They can be noticed as early as 16 years or much later.
Depending on how much room is available in your mouth wisdom teeth can:
- Come through fully – all good if you can brush and floss it perfectly, otherwise it can decay, cause gum disease and damage the adjacent teeth.
- Not come through at all – often problem free, but could form cysts which increase risk of jaw fracture, can also cause teeth to become crooked again after braces.
- Come through partially – these are the most problematic, damaging the adjacent teeth, pinching the gums and harbouring bacteria in small gaps not accessible by the tooth brush or floss.
Problems wisdom teeth cause:
- Painful, swollen gums
- Sore jaw, difficulty opening mouth
- Decay, damage and possibly losing the neighbouring molar
- Bad breath and taste
- Swollen glands
- Ear ache
Removing of wisdom teeth doesn’t hurt at all, but we understand it’s not easy for everyone. To help make the process as comfortable as possible, we offer to perform the procedure under:
- Local anaesthetic
- Sleep dentistry
Wisdom teeth problems often flare up when you are stressed, sick or tired. Don’t let your wisdom teeth interrupt your work, your exam preparations or your holidays!
Frequently Asked Questions
Wisdom teeth are very likely to cause problems at some point in your life. If wisdom teeth fail to burst through your gums, they can become impacted and give you a lot of pain, increasing the chances of swelling and infections.
Even if they grow properly, wisdom teeth can still become a problem. They can force the rest of your teeth to become misaligned, making those teeth harder to clean as a result and potentially leading to a number of issues such as gum disease, cavities, and abscesses.
With age your wisdom teeth’ root system gets longer and more solidified to your jaw, making the eventual extraction more complicated and painful.
An infection caused by an impacted wisdom tooth can create a foul smell or taste in your mouth.
If you can look in a mirror and see the bone where your tooth was before, you probably experience a dry socket . The explicit throbbing pain in your jaw represents another signal of dry sockets. The pain may reach your ear, eye, temple or neck from the extraction site.
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