Safe and Gentle Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sunbury

Wisdom teeth refer to our third set of molars and are usually the very last teeth to appear, often waiting until we’re in our late teens to early twenties. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth at the back of their mouth – two in the top jaw and two in the lower jaw.

In many cases, there simply isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth in the mouth and when this is the case, wisdom teeth either become wedged or don’t come through at all in which case they’re referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.

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Reasons for wisdom teeth removal in Sunbury

Centuries ago, wisdom teeth were intended as a replacement for worn out molars caused by the abrasive style of the ‘cave man’ diet. However, with evolution wisdom teeth are now unnecessary and frequently problematic which is why it’s often best to remove them.

The most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
  • Crowding
  • Infection
  • Decay
  • Cysts

Some wisdom teeth may remain buried in the jaw and cause no problems whatsoever, while other impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe dental issues.

An impacted wisdom tooth may start to push through the gums causing infection around the tooth. Inflammation and infection can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness in the jaw. It can be difficult to swallow, and any infection can cause your breath to smell.

Failure to remove a wisdom tooth can cause a cyst to form around the tooth which may even push the tooth out of place. This can destroy the bone and damage the gums and nearby teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can keep on pushing into the molars next to them, causing damage. Both sets of molars could become infected or inflamed, meaning that both will need removing.

The upper wisdom teeth often lean sideways, grating the inside of the cheeks which can cause painful ulcers. Particles of food can also get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the adjacent molar, which can lead to cavities in both teeth.

During regular dental checks, it’s always a good idea to ask about the condition of your wisdom teeth.

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Experiencing Wisdom Teeth pain?

If you’re concerned that the pain you’re experiencing is associated with wisdom teeth then please schedule an appointment with Lotus Smiles Dental right away. Ignoring the symptoms of wisdom teeth can lead to further dental problems (and higher costs), growth of cysts, and more complicated surgery.

Signs of wisdom teeth problems include

  • Redness
  • Swollen gums around the tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Tenderness and jaw pain

Safe and gentle wisdom teeth removal in Sunbury

Extracting teeth is the last thing we want to do as dentists and is usually only performed because of trauma or chronic disease, but in the case of impacted wisdom teeth we make an exception.

Our Sunbury dentists use the latest X-rays and digital images together with diagnostic technologies to monitor the development and future eruption of wisdom teeth, in order to ascertain if your wisdom teeth will need to be removed.

Don’t worry, wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure which we’ve carried out many times, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe, gentle hands. We’re well-versed in dealing with nervous patients and can provide sedation if you request it.

In simple cases, our Sunbury dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic, so you can feel comfortable while the tooth is being pulled. More complex cases may require a surgical extraction whereby a small incision is made in the gum so the tooth can be removed more easily.