Why Should I have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth require removal before their growth damages adjacent teeth. Most patients experience wisdom teeth issues between the ages of 17-25, with problems occurring with increasing frequency after the age of 30.
In the following situations, we would typically recommend wisdom teeth removal at our clinic in Sunshine, however always consult with a dentist to determine your eligibility for specific treatments and procedures.
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localised gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs inside the jaw bone that develop because of impacted teeth and slowly expanding, resulting in the destruction of the adjacent jaw bone and teeth. Despite the fact that they are asymptomatic, cysts can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth aren’t removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumours can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are several factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.
Oral Examination for Wisdom Teeth Removal
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, one of our experienced dentists can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth, and predict if they have erupted properly, or may cause future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment results in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teen years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Melbourne
Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, a gauze will be placed in the mouth for the patient to bite down on. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, any necessary medication prescriptions, and a follow-up appointment if needed.