Teeth are all supposed to fit together but unfortunately, it often isn’t the reality for many, especially when it comes to wisdom teeth. You can have the best oral health in the world, but if they want to come out it’s going to have to happen. We’ve addressed some frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth extraction to get you started with what you need to know.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth usually appear at the back of your mouth during your late teens or early twenties. Often there is no room for them to "erupt" (come through the gum) and the teeth fail to emerge properly. They can be partially erupted through the gum, or remain trapped below the gum. This is known as an ‘impacted’ wisdom tooth.
Why don't my wisdom teeth fit?
There are a few theories as to why they don't always fit nicely next to adjacent teeth in people’s mouths. Some experts think genetics may play a part. For example, you may have inherited one parent’s small jaw and another parent’s large teeth. Another theory suggests the size of our mouths has decreased over the centuries because our diet has changed and our jaws don’t need to be as large and strong as they were in prehistoric times.
Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom tooth removal is only required if they cause problems. For example:
- When they become difficult to clean they are prone to tooth decay, gum disease and recurring infections
- When they cause cysts and tumours in tissues around impacted wisdom teeth
- If they are unable to erupt they may cause pressure and damage or crowd the neighbouring teeth
- If you feel any pain and experience some swelling.
Who will remove my wisdom teeth?
Our dentists are very experienced with the removal procedure. Because we see so many cases we have a panoramic x-ray on-site which allows us to image the wisdom teeth’s location in the jaw very precisely. Where a case is very complex we may decide to send you through to refer you to an oral surgeon.
Will it hurt?
Surgical removal can cause more discomfort than routine extractions. You may experience:
- Some swelling and minor bleeding
- Difficulty in fully opening your mouth
- Some ear or headache or aching jaw
- A change of sensation or numbness of your lip or chin.
All of these symptoms are temporary and in most cases, your mouth will be feeling normal a week after your surgery.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary depending on any circumstances/complexities that might exist with your procedure. We will be able to provide you with a quote given your situation and what form of treatment is required.