Wisdom teeth extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in during adulthood, and can present a range of problems for some patients.
It has been estimated that in over 80% of cases wisdom teeth will need to be removed. This is because wisdom teeth are very likely to become impacted (stuck beneath the gums) and impact not only your oral health, but also your gums and other teeth! Not all wisdom teeth cause pain that can alert you to the problem, which is why it is important to have your wisdom teeth checked at around 17-21 years of age, as this is usually the period wisdom teeth emerge.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
Many years ago, mankind did not have the variety of soft foods that are available today and as a result we needed to bite through a lot of tougher foods including nuts and meat. Wisdom teeth were the answer to this problem, as it provided our ancestors with an extra molar that allowed them to chew these tough foods much more effectively. In these modern times, our wisdom teeth have been rendered virtually useless and combined with a jaw that has evolved to become narrower we just have no more room for them!
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Simply said, in these modern times our wisdom teeth provide no function, and as such our mouths have started to narrow making it more difficult for the teeth to emerge. There are a range of reasons why you may wish to consider removing your wisdom teeth:
- Your adult jaw may not have enough room for your wisdom teeth to come in, and this may cause your teeth to become impacted.
- The wisdom teeth may only emerge partway through your gums, which can cause red, swollen tissue and uncomfortable infection.
- Your wisdom teeth may emerge at an awkward angle, causing distortions to the alignment of your teeth and bite.
If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, you may wish to consider extraction
We can perform wisdom tooth extractions under IV Sedation. With a focus on achieving optimal patient outcomes, if your case is particularly complex We have strong working relationships with the best local specialists and will refer your case where appropriate.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.