If you are older than 17 and still have your wisdom teeth, you may need them extracted and not know it. A wisdom tooth can cause a lot of pain, but they can also be the most difficult to brush or to treat.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the set of molars that are the furthest back in your mouth. They often erupt in teenagers as early as 17 years old, but the average age they appear is closer to 20. A wisdom tooth tend to not have room to fully erupt, causing them to become “impacted” against the adjacent molars. This can be extremely painful.
Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth
There are usually two cases in which dentists will recommend a wisdom tooth removed. The first is called pericoronitis and it happens when the tooth doesn’t make it all the way through the gum. This causes a painful and dangerous infection around the gum.
The other reason for removing wisdom teeth is when they have tooth decay. This is common because they are extremely difficult to brush or floss correctly.
Depending upon the condition of your wisdom teeth, the extractions may be done in our offices or they may be referred to a surgeon.
Do Your Wisdom Teeth Really Need to be Extracted?
For a long time, it was considered “good dentistry” to remove these tooth as a preventative measure. The prevailing “wisdom” of the time was that they were probably going to give you problems anyway, so we might as well remove them as soon as they grow in.
This is no longer the case. Dentistry has evolved and most dentists make sure the wisdom teeth actually need removing before they remove them. At 1300 Great Smile, we fully examine your teeth and advise you whether or not we think they should be removed. Then, the decision is yours.
To learn more or to make a dental appointment, call 1300 Great Smile today:(08) 9404 9500