Balmain Dentist’s Dr Flora Galoustian is an oral surgeon who trained at Sydney University and went on to work on Bond St. in London.
She explains that “Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to develop. Wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25 and they grow inside the bone at the back of the mouth. Most adults have four wisdom teeth but it is possible to have fewer.
If the jaws do not grow long enough wisdom teeth stay trapped or impacted inside the bone. Impacted third molars can cause a number of problems including a dull ache and pain in the jaws, periodontal disease and infection in the overlying gum or damage to the tooth in front.
How Will I Know If I Have Wisdom Teeth?
The best way is to consult your dentist about your wisdom tooth’s positioning. They may get an x-ray every now and then to evaluate its presence and alignment. The dentist could also recommend you to an oral surgeon who will do further evaluations on your wisdom tooth.
One of the main recommendations of your dentist or oral surgeon is to have your wisdom teeth removal Sydney before any problems can develop. This is the most common approach to help prevent further complication and intense pain if extraction would be done at a later date. For younger people, removal is very easy especially when the roots of the wisdom tooth have not yet fully developed. For older people, the healing time and recovery after surgery can be longer.
How is a Wisdom Tooth Removed?
Impacted wisdom teeth are usually removed under anaesthetic or, if requested by the patient, under IV sedation in the surgery. IV sedation is an intravenous sedation inducing a state of deep relaxation for the entire duration of your dental procedure.”
The ease at which the removal of your wisdom tooth is done will highly depend on its stage of development and the position. It is the job of your oral health care provider to give you an idea of what you should expect.
Wisdom teeth that have erupted outside of the gum line can easily be extracted just like any other tooth. But wisdom tooth that is still beneath the gums may require an incision together with the removal of the part of the bone that is still over the tooth. Usually, for such situations, the tooth is removed in small portions instead of doing it all together to lessen the amount of bone that is to be removed to extract the tooth.