Your wisdom teeth are the very last teeth in the mouth to erupt. They usually start to erupt in your late teens. For some people, their wisdom teeth never erupt and stay buried in the bone under the gums. This is often okay and no treatment is needed! Other people don’t even have wisdom teeth at all.
If your wisdom teeth erupt out of line or in an unsatisfactory position they can be almost impossible to clean often causing a painful infection. If this happens to you make sure you book an appointment at Cameron Dental Care for a consultation. The infection may resolve temporarily if you take antibiotics but it will more than likely happen again causing you more pain in the future. Therefore, it’s best to get dental treatment at the earliest sign of any problems.
There are lots of stories out there about wisdom teeth. For example, you may have heard that you need to get your wisdom teeth out because they cause your teeth to crowd when they come through. This isn’t true. It is purely coincidental that the two occur at the same time – in fact, teeth crowding is mainly due to late adult growth of the jaw!
It’s a good idea to come in for an assessment of your wisdom teeth in your teens. At Cameron Dental Care we take a panoramic radiograph, which shows us a big picture of the whole jaw and surrounding structures. This digital image allows the dentist to tell you if you have wisdom teeth and if they need to be removed. The only reason you should have your wisdom teeth removed is if they become infected or are likely to cause infection. Wisdom teeth are no longer removed just for the sake of it.
For more information on the process, check out this video by ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio!
Wisdom teeth options
Often patients are told that the only option for removing wisdom teeth is to have the teeth extracted under general anaesthetic in a hospital. This is expensive. Here at Cameron Dental Care we perform many wisdom teeth extractions in the chair using happy gas sedation and a local anaesthetic. This is a useful alternative for people in the Albury Wodonga region. However, in the interest of minimal complications to you, in some cases we might inform you that your case is more complex. In this situation, we will provide an appropriate referral.
Often it takes a minor surgery to remove wisdom teeth, especially the ones on the bottom jaw. The happy gas we use helps you to feel relaxed. You may notice your fingers and toes start to feel a little tingly. The dentist will then make you completely numb using local anaesthetic. The surgery involves raising the gum, removing some bone, and then removing the tooth either whole or in sections. Dissolving sutures help to hold the gum in place afterwards. In the days following the wisdom teeth removal you should expect to feel a bit sore in the face. You may also notice some bruising and swelling.