Wisdom teeth or ‘third molars’ as they are formally known, appear much later than the other teeth. This is where they get the ‘wisdom’ tag as they appear at an age where people are presumably “wiser” than as a child, when the other teeth erupt.
Why do people need their wisdom teeth out?
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. In some cases when the teeth finally appear there is enough room and they settle in to place just like any other tooth. The main difference being that they are difficult to brush and maintain due to their location at the back of the mouth which can make them more prone to decay.
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth have long been identified as a source of problems and continue to be the teeth most likely to not come through properly otherwise known as ‘impacted’. When impacted they can cause pain, discomfort, swelling, infection, problems with surrounding teeth as well as in some cases develop cysts and tumours.
In some cases our dentists will make a decision that it is best to extract these teeth to prevent problems either currently or in the future. If that is the case we will take a large xray such as the one below to assess the exact location of the teeth as well as the location of nearby nerves and blood vessels.
Do I have to go to hospital to have them out?
In the past it was commonplace to perform this procedure under general anaesthetic in hospital, with the benefit of being completely unconscious or ‘knocked out’ for the whole procedure. The downside to this is that general anaesthetic does carry a number of risks and patients have to go to hospital which can be very costly and inconvenient.
Now there is another way…
When extracting wisdom teeth most of our patients choose to have the procedure done under IV sedation so that they can have the most comfortable experience. We also have interest free payment plans available.
If you are experiencing pain or worried about the possibility of impacted wisdom teeth, please call our practice on 7231 1816 to organise an assessment and discuss options available for you.