Wisdom Teeth Removal
The final teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth or ‘third molars’ generally emerge throughout the late teens or early twenties, although some people never develop them at all. Developing over a number of years, wisdom teeth generally emerge without complications, however occasionally they become impacted or only partially erupt, requiring their extraction.
Wisdom teeth become impacted when they erupt at a bad angle or there is insufficient room for them to emerge. This results in the tooth growing into other teeth or the surrounding bone, resulting in crowding, pain and even a misalignment of the jaw. Furthermore, if the teeth only partially erupt, it can leave underlying gum tissue exposed and vulnerable to painful, recurrent infection. At Newcastle Family Dental the recommended course of treatment for these teeth is the removal of some or all of the wisdom teeth. This is because they are not necessary for our development and can contribute to orthodontic problems, cysts, ulcers and decay.
Following a series of x-rays and discussions with your dentist, you will be presented with all the information to make an informed decision. This procedure can often take place within the practice, however for particularly complicated procedures or anxious patients it can be conducted under general anaesthetic at Hunter Valley Hospital.
If your wisdom teeth are causing pain or discomfort arrange an assessment and contact our experienced staff for a consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.