Wisdom teeth generally erupt into the mouth around the ages of 17 to 20. As over 90% of the population do not have enough room in their jawbone for their wisdom teeth to erupt this may cause the teeth to become impacted. Impacted teeth can result in bad breath (halitosis), recurrent pain and infections, facial swelling and decay. In severe cases wisdom teeth infections may be life threatening.
Treatment of Wisdom Teeth
An impacted wisdom tooth is often encased in jaw bone, tilted or may also be prevented from eruption by an adjacent tooth. Although some wisdom teeth may be easily removed by your Dentist, if the procedure is likely to involve surgery, it is best removed by a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Surgery can be performed using a Local Anaesthetic (whilst awake) or under a General Anaesthetic (asleep in a Hospital).
Can I leave my Wisdom Teeth?
Leaving impacted teeth in your jaw can lead to painful infections, the development of cysts which may form around the impacted tooth. This can lead to damage of the surrounding jawbone, adjacent teeth, and nerves. It is better to remove wisdom teeth before they cause infections.
What to do next?
If you feel you may benefit from wisdom tooth surgery or would just like to know more, arrange an appointment for a consultation. You are encouraged to bring your friends and family along as they may have questions they may wish answered.