28 Jul

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) usually do not attempt to erupt until we are in our late teens or early twenties. Most of us are unfortunate enough to have all 4 of them present and most of us experience having them cause pain because they are “impacted”. Simply meaning that the jaw does not have enough space for them to come through and the tooth becomes wedged in at an angle which can create severe discomfort and sometimes infection or decay to the tooth infront.

Wisdom Teeth Pain
Some impacted wisdom teeth remain in place under the gum or partially erupted and cause no pain or problems but more likely than not these impacted teeth cause pain and discomfort. The pain caused by the wisdom teeth is only a symptom – what’s happening inside your gums is far more important. If left untreated, the pain will ordinarily get far worse.

Getting the Right Treatment for your Wisdom Teeth
We usually recommend removal of these wisdom teeth. We require a full mouth x-ray to be taken before we can proceeed to investigate the removal of any wisdom teeth. This is called an OPG (Orthopantomagram) x-ray. This shows all of your teeth and your jaw bone on one film and enables us to see where the roots of your widom teeth are located in relaltion to your nerves and sinuses. This x-ray is usually taken at an x-ray imaging place using your Medicare Card and a referral from us. If their removal is likely to be difficult or complicated we usually refer you to an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon to have them removed. After inspecting your mouth and the OPG x-ray we are able to disdcuss the diagnosis with you and proceed to either arrange for an appointment for us to remove them or refer you to an Oral Surgeon if they are compliacted.

Investigate Wisdom Teeth Removal
We recommend to have wisom teeth removed as early as possible when they begin to cause pain so as not to get infection around the wisdom tooth or risk decaying the tooth in front of the wisdom tooth as food can easily be caught in this area where the wisdom tooth is impacted. Some people choose to arrange wisdom tooth removal before they give any symptoms or cause any pain.