Wisdom teeth, or the third molars are often unable to erupt normally as they are the very last to come through. They generally do not erupt until the late teens or during the early twenties, by which stage there is often insufficient room for them to come through without causing problems. Here at Central Maitland Dentistry, we monitor the position and development of wisdom teeth and will recommend they are removed if there is no hope they can come through normally.
What Types of Problems Can Be Caused by Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth that cannot erupt normally can become impacted, meaning they will try to push up underneath the adjacent teeth or will even come sideways through the gums. Sometimes wisdom teeth can only partially erupt, leaving them more at risk of infection.
What Is the Procedure for Removing Wisdom Teeth?
We can carry out straightforward wisdom teeth removals here at Central Maitland Dentistry. If your wisdom tooth removal is more complex, we may choose to refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Normally, wisdom tooth removal can be carried out under local anaesthetic and the procedure is carefully planned to ensure the removal is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
What Should I Expect after Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Afterwards healing should be uneventful, but some slight discomfort is perfectly normal. We will give you full instructions on how to look after your mouth as it heals, as you may wish to stick to soft foods for the first few days and it’s important to continue carefully brushing your teeth while avoiding the extraction sites.