Our mouths have evolved and we no longer have any real use for wisdom teeth…
Many decades ago, our mouths were a lot broader and shorter with plenty of room for wisdom teeth to easily emerge. Now, our mouths have adapted to readily available food and have grown narrower, leaving less space for proper eruption of the wisdom teeth. This is why many patients at our Parramatta dental practice need wisdom tooth extractions.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Since our mouths have become smaller wisdom teeth can become impacted underneath the gum line and cause many concerns including:
The main cause of all of these concerns are usually due to the wisdom tooth being inappropriately positioned after eruption. Also known as ‘partial eruption’ this can leave the wisdom tooth in an awkward position that leaves a pocket or communication between the gum and the mouth. This pocket is a trap for food and bacteria that will cause infection, swelling and pain.
My jaw hurts. Is it my wisdom teeth?
Your wisdom teeth will begin to erupt and push through the gum anywhere from the age 18-25. It’s common in this period to feel pain at the back of the mouth, jaw or teeth that may be part of the completely normal erupting process.
However pain can also be a sign that your wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to erupt or are possibly infected. The first sign of infection is usually around the gum just behind your last molar tooth, which is red, inflamed and swollen.
It’s important to maintain regular dental checkups during this period so that your dentist can monitor and diagnose any problems with your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth extraction, what to expect.
Depending on how your wisdom teeth are impacted, or the level of infection, there are two different ways you can have wisdom teeth extracted.
At Argyle St Family Dentist we offer two services of wisdom teeth extraction
- Local anaesthesia – this is where your wisdom teeth are extracted while you are awake in the dental chair. This can be performed by your dentist or a specialist surgeon. Depending on your preference and the difficulty of the case, we will inform you if this is suitable for your wisdom teeth extraction
- IV Sedation – this is where you are sedated by our specialist surgeon in our dental practice so that you won’t feel a thing. This is usually used for more complicated cases or if it is your preference not to be completely awake during the procedure.
Book a wisdom tooth consult today
At Argyle St Family Dentist we cater to your every need in terms of diagnosing, planning and removing your wisdom teeth. Book a consult with us today.
To discover more about our treatment options or to book a consultation at our Parramatta dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.