At Precise Dental Surgery in our three Beaumont Hills, Edgecliff and Kellyville Plaza practice locations provide gentle care for those requiring wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth and are the last teeth to develop.
Generally we experience two major teeth eruptions in our lives, when they erupt during infancy and later when your adult teeth emerge. Wisdom teeth usually come after these two phases, usually appearing between the ages of 17 – 25.
Functioning as large grinding teeth at the back four corners of your mouth, wisdom teeth are often inconsistent in terms of how many will actually emerge and how many you even have waiting to emerge. While the presence of wisdom teeth can go unnoticed for some patients, in many instances there is no room in the dental arch to accommodate for wisdom teeth which can lead to complications.
These dental complications include:
- Dental impaction where the wisdom teeth fail to emerge from the gums
A tooth that does not completely emerge from the gum is often known as an impacted tooth. While some impacted teeth may not cause any complications, impacted teeth can put pressure on the surrounding teeth by growing into the other teeth. There are a number of different categories that impacted teeth can belong to, including Mesioangular and Vertical impaction. The impaction can also be in the bone or in the gum, which can influence the difficulty of the wisdom teeth’s extraction. Impacted teeth can be problematic for a number of reasons, including infection which can progress into tooth decay and gum infections, as well as difficulty bushing and discomfort.
- Overcrowded teeth
For many of our patients their upper and lower arches have the desired number of teeth to provide an optimal dental function, as well as an aesthetically pleasing appearance. However before or after the wisdom teeth erupt they can put pressure on the surrounding teeth. If the pressure reaches a certain level of intensity then the other teeth can be forced to shift and move place in order to accommodate for the new teeth in the arch. This can cause complications in the appearance and function of your smile and may create the later need for orthodontic treatment.
- Dental pain, swelling or infection
There are a number of conditions that can arise from impacted or emerged wisdom teeth, including dental pain and infections. The space created by the impacted teeth can create pockets in your gum which can become infected or collect bacteria. The soft tissues around the wisdom teeth, or the surrounding teeth if the wisdom teeth are overcrowding the arch, can also become irritated and sensitive.
Removing the source of your pain
We recommend impacted teeth are removed as early as possible since in younger patients the dental roots are not fully formed and the surrounding bone is softer. Taking a “wait and see approach” usually results in wisdom teeth that are harder to remove and with a longer healing time. Once we have examined your teeth with an x-ray our dental professionals can determine whether your wisdom teeth require removal or not. Once we have determined your particular dental concerns we can walk you through your procedure and identify how many wisdom teeth need to be removed.
We also offer a range of pain management options, including sleep dentistry, to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment.
For more information, or to book an appointment at one of our dental practices in Beaumont Hills, Edgecliff or Kellyville Plaza, contact us today.