Wisdom teeth can cause a myriad of problems and is a problem that we see often. It often needs to be dealt with quickly as it can have a marked impact on everyday life. For the wisdom teeth removal Auckland can rely on, look no further than the Glendowie Dental Centre. We are experts in the field and offer some of the best wisdom teeth extraction Auckland has to offer. For more information continue reading below or give us a call today.
Why do we have Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to come through (erupt) at the back of the mouth, usually in the late teenage years.
Not all people get wisdom teeth, nor do all people need their wisdom teeth removed. If the jaw is long enough there may be sufficient room. Often this is not the case. Teeth are now a lot healthier, due to our modern techniques for saving teeth.
Usually a person has 4 wisdom teeth, but this does vary.
What problems could they cause?
If there is not enough room wisdom teeth can partially erupt and get stuck (impacted) against the next back tooth. This area is very difficult to keep clean and the tooth can rapidly decay. Often the gum surrounding the wisdom tooth becomes sore and swollen.
Some of the other problems they can cause are as follows:
- Damage to other teeth
- Food traps
Must I have my wisdom teeth out?
Many people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and therefore may not need to have them out. It is advisable to have your wisdom teeth checked at approx 18 years of age.
If you have decay in wisdom teeth, or the gums around them are infected, then your dentist may advise that it is best to take the wisdom teeth out so as to avoid damage to the surrounding teeth.
X-rays are essential before your wisdom teeth can be assessed properly. They will help to establish the difficulty of removal or other structures that could influence the degree of difficulty during removal.
What to expect of the procedure?
Modern techniques, including the use of intravenous sedation, make the procedure anxiety free and relatively pain free.
Following extraction there could be some swelling and possibly a period of reduced ability to fully open your mouth.
Occasionally you may develop an infection after extraction, known as “dry socket” and this may cause pain. There is also a possibility that you may experience a change of sensation or temporary numbness of your lip or chin following a difficult extraction. Your surgeon should outline the likelihood of this for your case.
After your operation you will be given written instructions and advice on home care, which you are asked to follow. It is important to rest quietly at home for at least the day of the procedure. Provided that you follow the instructions ands seek advice if anything should seem wrong, you should anticipate recovering in about a week with not too much discomfort. If you required stitches there these are removed at your 1 week postoperative check.