Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars to emerge in the back of the mouth. They typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Although some people are lucky enough to have sufficient space in their mouth to accommodate these teeth, most people experience complications with their wisdom teeth and require extraction.
Here are a few reasons why we need to get our wisdom teeth removed:
Lack of Space: Most people have limited space in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to emerge. If there isn't enough space for them to emerge, the teeth can become impacted, which means that they are unable to emerge properly. This can cause pain, infection, and other complications.
Risk of Infection: When wisdom teeth do not emerge properly, they can create a flap of gum tissue that can trap food particles and bacteria. This can lead to the development of a painful infection known as pericoronitis.
Crowding: When wisdom teeth emerge, they can push other teeth out of alignment, causing crowding and misalignment of the bite.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth: Wisdom teeth can also damage adjacent teeth by pushing against them and causing them to become loose.
Gum Disease: When wisdom teeth do not emerge properly, they can create deep pockets between the teeth and gums, which can become infected and lead to gum disease.
Cysts or Tumours: In rare cases, wisdom teeth can lead to the development of cysts or tumours, which can cause significant pain and require surgical removal.
While not everyone will experience complications with their wisdom teeth, the risk of complications is high enough that many dental professionals recommend removal. This is particularly true for people who have impacted wisdom teeth or who are experiencing pain or infection.
The process of removing wisdom teeth is generally a simple procedure. It is typically done under local anaesthesia, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, although some people may experience some discomfort or swelling for a few days following the procedure.
While it is not always necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed, the risk of complications is high enough that it is often recommended. If you are experiencing pain, infection, or other complications related to your wisdom teeth, it is important to talk to your dental professional about the best course of action.
In most cases, the process of removing wisdom teeth is a simple and straightforward procedure that can help to prevent further complications and protect your oral health.
At Ashfield Dental Centre, our committed team of professionals will collaborate with you to assist in making informed decisions regarding your wisdom teeth and address any concerns you may have about the process. Please get in touch with our Sydney clinic to schedule a consultation.