Wisdom teeth, which are also known as third molars are the last teeth to erupt. Although it may vary, it usually occurs between the ages of 17 and 25. If your wisdom teeth align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
The removal of wisdom teeth normally occurs when your wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth as a result of abnormal positioning. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped (impacted) beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth may take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. When a wisdom tooth is partially erupted, food and bacteria can collect under the gum which causes infection resulting in bad breath, pain, swelling and periodontitis.
Most dentists and oral health specialists will recommend the removal of wisdom teeth, as early extraction will help to eliminate the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, such as crowding of the mouth and pushing straight teeth out of alignment, tumour development, infection and jaw and gum disease and development of cysts. In the majority of cases this can be done at the practice under a local anaesthetic, however, for more serious cases or anxious patients this may be done at the local hospital under a general anaesthetic.
Contact our expert team at Bligh Park Dental who are happy to answer any questions you may have and to advise you in this area or to arrange an appointment and have your wisdom teeth assessed.