Wisdom Teeth Removal
Lasting Impressions Dental
Dental Care, Dental Centre, Wisdom Teeth
What Are They?
Wisdom teeth are also called the “Third Molars”. They are generally the last four teeth to come through (usually erupting sometime between the age of 18 and 25 years), and are situated right at the back of the upper and lower arches of teeth, one on each side.
Not everyone has wisdom teeth: sometimes one or more of them may be missing. It can be important to know whether you have any wisdom teeth and whether they are likely to cause any problems in the future.
What Is Important To Know About Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth will often become impacted, or stuck under the gum, bone or neighbouring tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth is difficult to keep clean and can become decayed or infected as a result
Your dentist will order a large x-ray called an OPG (orthopantomogram). This is an x-ray taken of your head, and it provides a panoramic view of your upper and lower jaws. It will allow your dentist to identify existing or developing problems with your wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth sometimes need to be removed: sometimes because of infection or decay and sometimes to assist teeth-straightening procedures or for sport (see below).
Wisdom Teeth at Lasting Impressions Dental
Our dentists will generally recommend an OPG x-ray be taken of a young person’s jaw or as a screening for any patient who is new to the practice. If wisdom teeth are present, they are assessed for any likelihood of becoming impacted. Your dentist will then make recommendations based on what he sees on the OPG.
If you are having trouble with your wisdom teeth or are likely to have trouble in the future, your dentist may recommend that one or more of your wisdom teeth be extracted. In many cases, this procedure can be done in our practice under local anaesthetic. However, deeper impactions, complicated health histories or patient preference may require the referral to an Oral Surgeon for management.
More Detailed Information About This Dentistry
Wisdom teeth sometimes don’t have enough room to fit properly into the row of teeth: they may become stuck (impacted) below the gum and jawbone, or come through the gum slightly but never completely grow into position behind the other teeth. They can push against the tooth in front and cause damage to that tooth’s crown or roots.
At the back of the mouth it can be hard to keep teeth clean, especially when the teeth are partly trapped under the gum. So wisdom teeth sometimes become decayed or the gum around them can become irritated or infected. In rare cases, a cyst or tumour can develop around an impacted wisdom tooth.
It is interesting to note that impacted wisdom teeth can be a point of weakness in the jaw and that this is often the site at which a jaw will break in a sporting injury. Most footballers who have had a broken jaw have not had their wisdom teeth removed. If you play a contact sport, your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed to prevent this type of sporting injury.
Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be removed because of decay or infection: sometimes they are removed as a preventive measure (because if they were left they would become decayed or infected or be a point of weakness): and sometimes they are removed to make orthodontic alignment of teeth easier.
An important part of locating wisdom teeth and determining whether they are likely to become impacted is a special type of dental x-ray called an OPG. This X-ray is taken from outside the mouth, and gives your dentist a panoramic image of your upper and lower jaws. The wisdom teeth are clearly visible on this type of X-ray.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is an invasive procedure requiring surgery. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you may wish to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Canberra City Dentist
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, Dr David Davies
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