Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Sunnybank

Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted if they are affecting your other teeth or causing you pain

Most people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt between the ages of 17 and 24. Usually this occurs with no concerns, however, if there is not enough space to accommodate your wisdom teeth, the teeth can begin to affect the other teeth in your mouth. This is referred to as ‘impacted wisdom teeth’.

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were an evolution in relation to our predecessors’ diet. This diet consisted of tough foods like leaves, roots and nuts. These foods require a greater amount of chewing, so more teeth were required. Usually, by their late teens to early twenties, it was not uncommon to have lost a few teeth, meaning that there would also be more room in the mouth for the newly erupted teeth.

In today’s modern diet, wisdom teeth do not serve much purpose. This has resulted in evolutionary biologists marking wisdom teeth as “vestigial organs”, also referred to as functionless body parts.

Should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

At Sunnybank Plaza Dental, our dentists monitor your wisdom teeth before they erupt. Signs of complications usually include:

  • Wisdom teeth that are not in the correct position
  • Wisdom teeth that do not have room to grow
  • Wisdom teeth that have only partially erupted or have not erupted properly
  • Wisdom teeth that can cause a cyst

If the dentist notices any signs of complications, they will generally advise to have them removed. Generally, if your wisdom teeth have become impacted, it can be intensely painful so removing the teeth can be a relief to patients.

Keeping your impacted wisdom teeth can lead to other issues such as infection of the soft tissue, cysts, tumours, gum disease, decay or damage to other teeth. All in which, creates greater incentive to have them removed.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

This depends on the severity of the impacted wisdom tooth and the number of teeth that need to be removed. Extraction can be conducted under local anaesthetic at the dentist or under general anaesthetic in the hospital (these options should be decided amongst you and the dentist).

If you require any more information about wisdom teeth extraction or if you would like to book a consultation to have your wisdom teeth assessed, contact our team today.