Wisdom teeth are a bit of a mystery to most people. They usually arrive sometime after your mid-teens, and they don’t appear to follow the rules of the rest of your teeth, that came in with no problem, when you were a child. Wisdom teeth quite often cause trouble, and so they must be removed. But for some people, they come in normally and become extra molars for enhanced chewing power.
There are different scenarios that cause trouble when the wisdom teeth arrive. Mostly the issues are related to the position of the teeth at the time they are ready to erupt. Here are some of the issues, as well as methods that your dentist would likely use to correct the problem.
- Damage To Other Teeth: When a wisdom tooth begins to move into position, the rest of the teeth have already been in position for a long time. The tooth may not have enough room on the jaw or upper plate, and this can cause crowding and alignment problems. Another problem that can occur is that the wisdom tooth can come in too close to the neighbouring tooth, and this might cause damage to the enamel.
- Development of Cysts: Wisdom teeth develop in sacs in the jaw and upper plate. Sometimes these sacs can fill with fluid and then become infected with bacteria. This can cause inflammation, pain, and sometimes the development of tumours.
- Tooth Decay: An unnatural alignment of the tooth can cause the wisdom tooth to erupt at an angle. Sometimes when this happens the food can get trapped and become a source of tooth decay.
- Risk of Gum Disease: When wisdom teeth come in, they can take a long time to erupt, or they might get stuck (impacted) when this happens the gums can become inflamed and cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
Solutions: When any of these problems occur, it is likely that your dentist will recommend that they be removed. This is very common, and your wisdom teeth are not necessary, so you will suffer no ill effects from not having them.
Remove: Most commonly your dentist will suggest that the teeth be removed surgically, while the patient is under dental sedation. Sydney wisdom teeth removal and extraction surgery can be found through an internet search if you live in the area. There are also reputable dental clinics that can do the job in other locations, which can also be found through an online search. When you have your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will make an incision. The tooth will be removed and the dentist will inspect for any infected sacs at this time. Then the incision is closed with stitches. If there is any infection, you should inform your dentist and have him inspect the problem. He will likely prescribe antibiotics and pain medicine.
Observe: If there is no sign of infection, and the tooth does seem to have a good chance of aligning properly, your dentist may choose to wait and observe. For some people, the best solution is to let the teeth develop naturally.
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a common situation and your dentist will have already performed this procedure many times before. There is nothing to worry about. In a few days, everything will be back to normal and your mouth will be in great shape.