Human beings develop a total of 32 adult teeth. 28 of these break through the gum line by the time you're 13 years old. However, the last four usually only grow through the gums between your late teens and your early 20s! These are your third molars - your wisdom teeth. Sometimes, however, these teeth don't grow through as they should. This can cause problems within your mouth and require wisdom tooth removal.
Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They were initially designed to help our ancestors chew foliage and break down plants' cell walls. Modern diets, however, have made them unnecessary.
By the time your wisdom teeth emerge, your other 28 adult teeth are usually in place. As a result, there is not always enough space in the mouth for your wisdom teeth to grow through properly. They may come through at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge. When your dentist refers to an 'impacted' wisdom tooth, this is what he or she is describing.
A wisdom tooth removal isn't actually necessary if these teeth aren't causing you any problems. Some impacted teeth sit happily where they are and cause no trouble at all.
Others, however, can cause severe pain, swelling, infection, or even decay. What's more, if certain wisdom teeth aren't removed in time or left untreated, they could damage nearby teeth and cause cysts, infections, or tooth overcrowding.
Overcrowding can even disturb the alignment of your other healthy teeth and make your mouth look crooked.
For this reason, if you're experiencing any discomfort or pain in your teeth or jaw, visit a friendly dentist at Hamilton Family Dental to discuss a wisdom tooth removal as soon as possible
Your dentist will start by examining your teeth. He or she may take dental x-rays to identify any additional risks before planning the best possible course of treatment.
Your oral surgeon may likely have to cut the gum open to remove the impacted or damaged tooth. But don't worry. Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. You'll usually be sedated in some form to minimise any pain or discomfort you might experience.
After your surgery, your dentist or oral surgeon will give you instructions for post-operative care. Depending on your wisdom tooth removal, you may also be prescribed painkillers.
You can do a few things, too, to help reduce the risk of infections and speed up the healing process.
Be sure to get adequate rest after your operation.
Avoid eating any hard or crunchy food, hot drinks, and alcohol.
Follow your dentist's instructions!
The skilled team of dentists here at Hamilton Family Dental know just what to do to make your wisdom teeth removal a breeze.
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, give us a call at 07-9498492, or click here to schedule a booking with one of our professional dentists to arrange a professional wisdom tooth removal. We'll get you smiling again, pain-free.