Your wisdom teeth usually start to erupt (come through) when you are between 17 and 21 years old. Unfortunately this can often present a problem, especially if there is not enough room for them to come through or if they are coming through at an unusual angle. If you are experiencing some difficulty with your wisdom teeth then it is important to have them checked by a dentist.
In some cases, if these problematic wisdom teeth are not removed they may cause significant complications, including:
- Recurrent infections associated with the site causing other generalised health issues and toothache
- In severe cases, spreading of this infection can constrict airways causing breathing difficulties
- Constant halitosis (or bad breath) as a result of recurrent infection
- Not allowing you to clean the other teeth in the area thoroughly. Often the angle of the impacted wisdom teeth can prevent proper cleaning of adjacent teeth, which then causes these to become decayed. In severe cases they can be so badly damaged that extraction becomes the only option!
- Inability to clean other teeth in the area thoroughly. Often the angle of the impacted wisdom teeth can prevent proper cleaning of adjacent teeth, which then causes these teeth to become decayed. In severe cases they can be so badly damaged that extraction becomes the only option
- It is also important to consider that if extraction is required later in life, it will be more difficult for your body to heal after the procedure
In order for you to have your wisdom teeth removed a full mouth OPG x-ray will need to be taken. Your dentist can then see exactly how and where your teeth are positioned and better plan the extraction procedure. Due to their location, wisdom teeth can be more complex to remove than other teeth in your mouth. In some cases your dentist may wish to refer you to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. These doctors specialise in the removal of difficult teeth (among other things), to give you the best care possible.
At Logan Village Dental we offer a range of treatment options for dealing with any wisdom teeth problems you or your family members may have.
For more information about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact our surgery.