Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, located at the back of the mouth, are the last set of teeth to erupt. They typically emerge between the ages of 17 to 25. Whilst some people experience no dental problems, others may develop symptoms, such as dental pain and gum swelling. It is important for your dentist to assess the health of your wisdom teeth once they erupt to avoid any possible dental complications and discuss the potential treatment. At iSmile Dentistry, we are privileged to have Dr Mark Atkinson, a visiting dental specialist Oral Surgeon, to help our patients with complex cases. Dr Atkinson has a wealth of experience and knowledge in managing issues related to wisdom teeth. In this blog post, we will be sharing some insight into the common issues related to, and reasons for removing problem wisdom teeth.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Our human ancestors developed wisdom teeth in order to improve their chewing ability and eat coarse/rough foods including nuts, roots, meat and leaves. In the past, humans had much larger jaws which could accommodate these teeth without any issue. However, today humans eat a vastly different diet, have smaller jaws, and no longer rely upon the wisdom teeth for their chewing ability.
Whilst many people have 4 wisdom teeth, it is not uncommon for some to have 3,2,1 wisdom tooth or none at all. A wisdom tooth evaluation and X-rays will typically take place between the ages of 15-19, and you will be advised on whether you have wisdom teeth and if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
Common Issues with Wisdom Teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth is the most common issue people face. Impacted wisdom teeth occurs when there is a lack of room, preventing the wisdom teeth from fully emerging and developing. This can lead to swelling, pain, sore gums, and an increased risk of infection due to trapped food and bacteria.
- Pain occurs during the eruption stage, and this will typically go away in time. Persistent pain is a concern, and you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.
- Infection can occur as the wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. Located at the rear of the mouth, it can be difficult to achieve a thorough brushing/flossing process, leading to an increased risk of dental problems.
- Damage to other teeth. Food that gets caught around an impacted wisdom tooth can also cause decay to the tooth next to it.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction at iSmile Dentistry
At iSmile Dentistry, our highly skilled team of dentists, in addition to the oral surgeon, Dr Atkinson, will work together to support you with appropriate management. Our clinic is equipped with highly sophisticated equipment such as a CBCT Machine (3D X-Rays) to gain a complete understanding of your oral health, and to determine the exact position of your wisdom teeth and its surrounding structures. If wisdom tooth extraction is recommended, most cases can be performed under local anaesthetic at the clinic. Under our team’s expert care, the procedure is usually straightforward, with minimal recovery. Other options, such as intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia at the hospital are available, and is best discussed with Dr Atkinson first.
Worried about Wisdom Teeth? Book an Appointment Today.
If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, please book an appointment at iSmile Dentistry today by calling 02 9030 4310. Our St Leonards dental clinic is open from Monday to Saturday, and we look forward to seeing you soon.