The wisdom teeth (molars) typically erupt between age 17 and 25, and this is a normal part of mouth development. For many people, the wisdom teeth can contribute to the development of oral health issues including impaction, infection and overcrowding, which is why wisdom tooth extractions are a common occurrence to reduce the risk of dental complications arising later in life. Whilst not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, it is important to be aware of the reasons for extraction.

Some of the most common reasons for extraction include:

  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth – wisdom teeth may grow at an angle and fail to fully emerge. This can cause swollen, tender gums, persistent jaw pain and bad breath.
  • Lack of Space – overcrowding can cause significant pain and discomfort, as well as damage to adjacent teeth if decay develops due to food packing.
  • Persistent Pain – as the wisdom teeth are erupting, it is normal to experience some discomfort. However persistent pain should not be ignored, and you should book an appointment at Central Brunswick Dental Centre as soon as possible for an oral examination and X-ray.
  • Infection – It is difficult to achieve a thorough brushing and flossing of the wisdom teeth due to their location, making them more prone to infection.

An initial evaluation of wisdom teeth typically occurs before reaching 20 years of age. Your dentist will advise you on whether extraction may be necessary to alleviate pain and reduce the risk of future serious dental complications.

Problems/Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Gum infection, pain and sensitivity at the rear of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Trapping of food
  • Persistent jaw pain
  • Stiff jaw
  • Damage/Decay of adjacent teeth
  • Damage to surrounding bone
  • Development of a cyst around the wisdom tooth

The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process

Wisdom teeth extraction is a straightforward process, and your dentist will perform a risk assessment and provide you with an overview of the procedure and estimated recovery times. Surgery is typically performed under local anaesthetic, which numbs the location and eliminates pain. A referral to a specialist Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and/or General sedation are also options for more challenging cases.

To get you prepared for your wisdom teeth extraction, have a look in the link below for information on recovery from wisdom teeth extraction.

Painful Wisdom Teeth? Book an Appointment Today

Our Dentists at Central Brunswick Dental Centre have a special interest in wisdom teeth extractions and can examine your wisdom teeth and advise you on whether or not extraction is advisable. Book an appointment by calling (07) 3216 1100 today.