Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to erupt into your mouth, however, there is often insufficient room for this to occur and they become “impacted”.
Impacted wisdom teeth can often cause infection of the adjacent gum tissue, decay in the adjacent tooth, potential crowding of front teeth. These symptoms often develop gradually, but can also cause sudden and severe pain.
It has been well documented that early removal of impacted wisdom teeth (below the age of 25) is associated with less post-operative pain and swelling than in older adults.
Without enough room to erupt, wisdom teeth may become impacted, or partially trapped in the jawbone and gums, causing a variety of problems in your mouth and with your sinus cavity or the nerve in your lower jaw. The primary preventive measure for wisdom teeth is removal, preferably at an early stage.
The method used for extraction varies for each tooth and person and can be mostly performed under local anaesthesia in the chair.
Extraction of impacted teeth may often require a minor surgical procedure to lift the tooth out of the surrounding bone and gum.
A consultation with your Beyond Smiles dentist is required to discuss the procedure, prior to the extraction of any wisdom tooth or surgical procedure. Please also enquire about Sleep Dentistry as an alternative to general anaesthetia for a worry-free treatment performed by your Beyond Smiles dentist.