What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a set of four teeth at the very back corners of our mouths. They are known as third molars. Wisdom teeth usually start pushing through the gums in our late teens or early twenties. It is however not uncommon for people to not have wisdom teeth at all, nor is it uncommon for people to have wisdom teeth that never push through their gums.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is insufficient space in one’s jaw for these third molars to push through. For some people this is does not become a problem as the wisdom teeth remaining dormant in the gum, not causing any difficulties. For others, unfortunately impacted wisdom teeth can be a problem and removal of the wisdom teeth may be required.
Problems That Can Occur With Wisdom Teeth
Below are some examples of when your dentist may recommend removal of wisdom teeth.
Crowding occurs with an individual does not have sufficient space in their jaw and the wisdom teeth, when pushing up through the gum push up against adjacent teeth as well. Dependent upon the severity of this problem your dentist may recommend removal of wisdom teeth and may also refer you to an orthodontist.
Wisdom teeth can cause gum problems if they only partially erupt. The types of gum problems include infection, cysts and tumors.
Affecting Jaw Movement
Wisdom teeth if misaligned can affect jaw movement and chewing which can be harmful and painful. It can be that the wisdom teeth damage the soft tissues of the mouth and/or food can be caught under the gum tissue, both of these will cause pain and probably infection as well.
Wisdom Teeth Not Contacting
If once a wisdom tooth has erupted it does not contact with the opposing tooth it is basically not performing any function in your mouth and it may be that the tooth is better removed before (or due to) problems that it may cause.
Methods Of Removal of Wisdom Teeth
There are several ways in which wisdom teeth can be removed and it depends upon your particular condition.
The simplest is the extraction of your wisdom teeth at your local dentist with the aid of a local anesthetic. However if your condition is more serious we at Albany Place Dental Practice may refer you to an oral surgeon.
A more complex wisdom tooth removal may be due to the location of the tooth, veins and arteries in your mouth and whether or not the tooth and gum are infected. In such cases your wisdom tooth (or teeth) will probably be removed using a general anesthetic and the procedures may be done by a maxiollofacial surgeon.
X-Rays of Wisdom Teeth
More often than not your dentist will first need to obtain a full mouth x-ray in order to determine the best method of removing your wisdom teeth. For a full mouth x-ray your Albany Creek dentist will refer you to an x-ray facility, even possibly to a 3D x-ray facility.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort caused by your wisdom teeth, please do call us on 07 3264 2650 and we will make an appointment for you to see one of our friendly and caring Albany Creek dentists.