Wisdom teeth extraction is a common need as they are erupting. Wisdom teeth often do not have enough room to grow properly in the jawbone and can cause many problems if left untreated. Whilst not everybody needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted, if your dentist has identified that leaving your teeth in place is risky for you, you may need to consider their removal.
Wisdom teeth can cause many problems, such as:
- Pain from the pressure of being ‘impacted’– these teeth often are locked into the jawbones and have nowhere to grow
- Infection – teeth that are difficult to access and clean are more susceptible to infection. Infections from wisdom teeth can cause debilitating pain, facial swelling, and serious problems
- Tooth decay – the wisdom teeth are often in spots where food gets caught and cannot be effectively cleaned, therefore putting these teeth and the adjacent teeth at risk of tooth decay
- Cysts – developmental and inflammatory cysts are less common but very serious complications from wisdom teeth that have not been properly assessed and treated
At Bellevue Hill Dental, we are rigorous in screening patients for risks associated with wisdom teeth and aim to provide treatment options that maximise your comfort and the health of your teeth. We have many options available for wisdom teeth removal, including the use of IV Sedation to limit your discomfort and anxiety during more extensive dental procedures.