Wisdom teeth come through around late teens to early 20’s.
Wisdom teeth can cause problems such as tooth decay and gum infections. This is usually because there is not enough space for them or they grow on an angle.
To prevent complications, it is best to have problem wisdom teeth taken out sooner than later.
At St George’s dental we offer flexible options for wisdom teeth removal under local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic, which can be arranged with sleep dentistry with a special anaesthetist.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, usually erupting when someone has reached young adulthood. For some people, their jaw bone will be too small to fit these extra teeth, and for others the wisdom teeth will not be formed properly, or can be out of position.
When a wisdom tooth is not in a normal position, it is called an ‘impacted’ tooth. This means it is growing on an angle, or potentially even sideways. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can easily damage your other, healthy teeth. In some cases wisdom teeth can also ruin orthodontic work and create crowding issues as the teeth push through. Some of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are gum infection, tooth decay and even cysts in the jaw bone.
Impacted wisdom teeth increase the likelihood of infections as bacteria are easily trapped. This can also lead to swollen and painful lymph glands around the throat and neck.
Normally, upper wisdom teeth are easier to remove than the bottom teeth, because the bottom teeth have higher chances of being impacted.
Treating wisdom teeth
The first step is to have an x-ray. Your dentist will be able to see how your wisdom teeth are growing, how developed they are and if there are any impacted teeth. Once your dentist can see how your wisdom teeth are developing it is easy to develop a treatment plan.
In most cases the wisdom teeth will be left alone until they are close to erupting, pushing through the jaw bone and gum. If your teeth are positioned well and your jaw bone has enough space, the wisdom teeth can stay where they are. If not, they can be removed by your dentist, or in complex situations by an oral surgeon.
Your dentist can discuss which treatment option is best for you – either having the teeth removed under local anaesthetic, or under general anaesthetic where you will be asleep for the procedure. At St George’s Dental we can offer general anaesthetic in house with a specialist anaesthetist.
Ask us at your next appointment about which treatment is right for you.
About St George’s Dental
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