Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Removal Mackay

Third molars, sometimes called wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth. There are four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth; upper right and left sides and lower right and left sides. They often erupt or grow in between ages 16 to 21. Some experts believe that they are a remnant of a time when we had a much more primitive diet, and required more chewing power and teeth wore more heavily. Others believe they are extra teeth in case of natural tooth loss; a common occurrence in all mammals.

But sometimes these molars can have problems, leading to the need for wisdom teeth removal. Whether your jaw is too small to accommodate them, or they erupt at an angle, extracting them may be an option. If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, our team of experienced dental professionals here at Plaza Dental at Mackay will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Times have changed and dentists are not as quick to remove wisdom teeth as in the past. But there are special situations that require extraction, such as a small jawbone. When your mouth does not have enough room for all your teeth, the wisdom teeth can cause problems, like:
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Infection
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Tooth or jaw pain
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Damage to surrounding teeth
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Jaw pain during movement (like chewing)
In addition, wisdom teeth sometimes grow sideways or at other angles and push against the teeth around them. This can sometimes cause pain, but can also cause issues for the teeth beside them. Food and plaque can build up in areas where it is impossible to clean properly. This can lead to decay and gum problems.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Times have changed and dentists are not as quick to remove wisdom teeth as in the past. But there are special situations that require extraction, such as a small jawbone. When your mouth does not have enough room for all your teeth, the wisdom teeth can cause problems, like:
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Tooth or jaw pain
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Infection
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Jaw pain during movement (like chewing)
\
Damage to surrounding teeth
In addition, wisdom teeth sometimes grow sideways or at other angles and push against the teeth around them. This can sometimes cause pain, but can also cause issues for the teeth beside them. Food and plaque can build up in areas where it is impossible to clean properly. This can lead to decay and gum problems.
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Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Pain and discomfort is the main reason someone would want a wisdom tooth removed. There are a number of reasons why one would experience pain including cavities or impaction. It is impossible to clean properly around impacted teeth. The pain comes as a result of infection in these areas. Your dentist can help to quickly alleviate pain and remedy the problem, but regular dental exams will help your dentist monitor the situation and possibly intervene before pain begins.

Cavities can develop on wisdom teeth because they are difficult to brush properly, due to their location. Sometimes the cavity will grow where the dentist cannot reach it. Depending on the situation, sometimes it may be safer and easier to extract the tooth.

Wisdom teeth may sometimes grow sideways or at other angles, which can cause other teeth to shift and move. This can damage not only the wisdom tooth, but the surrounding teeth, leading to the need for fillings, crowns or extraction of other teeth. In some cases, a dentist may feel that removing the wisdom tooth is a proactive approach to avoid pain, discomfort and extensive dental work in the future.

Difficulty chewing is a common problem for those with not enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth. Pain during chewing may be due to teeth pressing against each other or food that may be trapped because the teeth are too close together. In either case, your dentist can do a full examination and discuss the best options with you.

Sinus problems due to wisdom teeth are uncommon, but can arise due to the upper wisdom teeth pushing against them. This may lead to headaches, constant congestion, pain and pressure. Your dentist can use x-rays to determine if wisdom teeth are causing your sinus conditions, and give recommendations to help alleviate it.

Pericoronitis is a condition that might arise from a tooth that is only partially erupted. This happens when only part of the tooth grows through the gum, leading to inflammation and pain as food and bacteria get trapped in the surrounding gums. This can also lead to gingivitis and other dental problems as it is impossible to clean partially erupted teeth.

Pain and discomfort is the main reason someone would want a wisdom tooth removed. There are a number of reasons why one would experience pain including cavities or impaction. It is impossible to clean properly around impacted teeth. The pain comes as a result of infection in these areas. Your dentist can help to quickly alleviate pain and remedy the problem, but regular dental exams will help your dentist monitor the situation and possibly intervene before pain begins.

Cavities can develop on wisdom teeth because they are difficult to brush properly, due to their location. Sometimes the cavity will grow where the dentist cannot reach it. Depending on the situation, sometimes it may be safer and easier to extract the tooth.

Wisdom teeth may sometimes grow sideways or at other angles, which can cause other teeth to shift and move. This can damage not only the wisdom tooth, but the surrounding teeth, leading to the need for fillings, crowns or extraction of other teeth. In some cases, a dentist may feel that removing the wisdom tooth is a proactive approach to avoid pain, discomfort and extensive dental work in the future.

Difficulty chewing is a common problem for those with not enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth. Pain during chewing may be due to teeth pressing against each other or food that may be trapped because the teeth are too close together. In either case, your dentist can do a full examination and discuss the best options with you.

Sinus problems due to wisdom teeth are uncommon, but can arise due to the upper wisdom teeth pushing against them. This may lead to headaches, constant congestion, pain and pressure. Your dentist can use x-rays to determine if wisdom teeth are causing your sinus conditions, and give recommendations to help alleviate it.

Pericoronitis is a condition that might arise from a tooth that is only partially erupted. This happens when only part of the tooth grows through the gum, leading to inflammation and pain as food and bacteria get trapped in the surrounding gums. This can also lead to gingivitis and other dental problems as it is impossible to clean partially erupted teeth.

Dental Exams and Wisdom Teeth

An experienced dentist will review your medical history and often ask about your wisdom teeth. They may use x-rays during the dental exam to get a full picture of your teeth, including the wisdom teeth, jawbone and surrounding area. This helps them identify current problems or conditions that can lead to future problems.

Once your examination is complete, your dentist will go over all options with you and discuss if there are any concerns with your wisdom teeth. Most extractions of these teeth are fairly easy, performed by a dentist under local anesthesia.
Impacted wisdom teeth or those that have grown in sideways may require general anesthesia with removal sometimes performed by an oral surgeon. Sometimes patients choose this option to have all wisdom teeth removed at once instead of having all removed in two or more appointments.

Our team of dentists are experienced in all forms of wisdom tooth removal. Dr Steve Pearson teaches Oral Surgery to Dental Students at James Cook University. We will do a full examination and evaluation and determine which options are best for you. Your safety and comfort will be our top priority and we will explain all treatment plans for your full understanding. We want you to feel confident knowing you made the right choice and are happy with your decision.

What to Expect

Wisdom teeth removal is a common practice. Regular dental exams will help a dentist monitor a child’s wisdom teeth to ensure they grow in properly. If not, be assured it is easier to remove the teeth before the root is fully formed or before it has a negative impact on the surrounding teeth. But if you are an adult and the roots are fully grown, wisdom teeth removal is still a safe procedure.

Your dental professional will explain how the procedure will go and what you can expect. Once complete, you may need someone to take you home if you were under general anesthesia. In most cases, recovery only takes three to five days, and in some cases less. Follow all directions, medication instructions and cleaning instructions that your dentist provides for the quickest healing time.

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Our experienced team of dental professionals here at Plaza Dental Mackay is ready to help you with all your family’s dental needs. You can be sure we will do our best to see that you are comfortable and have a positive experience. If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, call today and make an appointment for an exam. We look forward to serving you and your family.

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Our experienced team of dental professionals here at Plaza Dental Mackay is ready to help you with all your family’s dental needs. You can be sure we will do our best to see that you are comfortable and have a positive experience. If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, call today and make an appointment for an exam. We look forward to serving you and your family.

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