When your jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they can become impacted.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is generally recommended when:
- Wisdom teeth are only partially erupted. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness can result.
- There is a chance that poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth.
- A cyst forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.
Commonly known as third molars; wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge and tend to come through between the ages of 17 and 25. For some people they erupt without any problems the same as all other teeth, but for others they can create a range of oral and general health concerns.
The main problem that occurs with wisdom teeth is when they become impacted. This means they have developed at an angle and become trapped either against other teeth or below the gum-line.
Not all impacted wisdom teeth cause pain alerting you to a developing problem. Only through regular oral health checks can we detect when something has gone wrong.
It is estimated over 80% of wisdom teeth will need to be removed and as it is not possible to predict if or when they may cause a problem, it is advised to remove them earlier rather than later. Removal of wisdom teeth in older patients can be more difficult resulting in a longer healing period.
To make removal of teeth easier and aid your recovery, we highly recommend you quit smoking.
Prior to any treatment, it is vitally important you make us aware of any medication, either prescribed or over the counter, you may currently be taking. Please let us know if you are experiencing any general health problems or if you have an allergy to any medications.