Wisdom teeth huh? So many stories and so many pictures of swollen cheeks. However what are wisdom teeth and why do we need to remove them? Read on as Plenty Smiles gets to the bottom of all of your Wisdom teeth questions.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to erupt through the mouth. This usually happens in your late teens to early 20s. An adult can have up to 32 teeth within your mouth. The wisdom teeth are the four teeth located at the very back of your mouth.
However some people will not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to come through.
Why do we remove Wisdom Teeth?
The most common reason for the removal of wisdom teeth is that there isn’t enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through and it may become impacted.
If the tooth is impacted it means that the tooth is impacting on other teeth:
Which can lead to the following complications:
- Tooth decay
- Damage to other teeth
How can your dentist tell if the tooth needs to be removed?
The dentist will perform an oral examination and you will need to have an OPG- which is a full mouth X-ray. The dentist will then determine if there is enough room for the tooth to come through and if the tooth is coming through at the correct position.
The dentist will also be able to tell whether the extraction of the teeth can be done within the practice or whether the tooth will need to be removed by an oral surgeon.
Removal of the wisdom teeth:
The wisdom teeth will be removed with local anesthetic and you shouldn’t be able to feel any pain. You may feel pressure however.
Due to the size of the wisdom teeth you may require sutures to ensure there is no post-extraction infection.
You may have some pain and swelling in the few days after the procedure, however the dentist will give you appropriate post procedure instructions.
So what are you waiting for? If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, Plenty Smiles is here to help.
Please call 9466 8103 today or follow the link https://plentysmilesappointments.as.me/schedule.php to book your Wisdom Teeth consultation today!
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