Should I remove my wisdom teeth?

An average adult has 32 teeth (16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom) and 4 of them are your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last ones to come through and in most situations they lack space to fit in a mouth. This is because the human jaw has evolved to only accommodate 28 teeth for its function.

If they are well aligned and have no problems or pathology (decay, gum disease, etc) based on a thorough clinical examination and x-ray findings you may opt to keep them.

Unfortunately this does not generally happen. Due to the lack of space they may grow sideways, fully embedded in the gum and/or bone, or partially exposed through the gum. We call these impacted wisdom teeth.

This is a very common problem that many people experience. When the impacted tooth is only partially through, the gap between tooth and the gum will attract bacteria and food debris. The gap itself then acts as an ideal niche for these bacteria to grow causing inflammation and infection.

These can be very painful and uncomfortable as well as causing swelling and limits ability to open your mouth. This problem commonly arises when you are under stress and may create difficulties at school or work.

Should I remove my wisdom teeth?

Timing of removal of wisdom teeth

If they are well aligned and have no problems or pathology (decay, gum disease, etc) based on a thorough clinical examination and x-ray findings you may opt to keep them.

Unfortunately this does not generally happen. Due to the lack of space they may grow sideways, fully embedded in the gum and/or bone, or partially exposed through the gum. We call these impacted wisdom teeth.

This is a very common problem that many people experience. When the impacted tooth is only partially through, the gap between tooth and the gum will attract bacteria and food debris. The gap itself then acts as an ideal niche for these bacteria to grow causing inflammation and infection.

These can be very painful and uncomfortable as well as causing swelling and limits ability to open your mouth. This problem commonly arises when you are under stress and may create difficulties at school or work.

It is widely proven to be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Your jaw bone during this period is quite flexible making the surgery much more comfortable and easier. You are also more likely to recover from the surgery faster and less likely to experience possible complications.

Timing of removal of wisdom teeth

Problems commonly caused by impacted wisdom teeth

It is widely proven to be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Your jaw bone during this period is quite flexible making the surgery much more comfortable and easier. You are also more likely to recover from the surgery faster and less likely to experience possible complications.

Infection When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gum, an infection can start around the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen, red gums) can cause pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful and the person may feel generally unwell. The infection can cause bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Pain Pressure from the widsom tooth may cause pain the the tooth next to it. Pain can also be caused by infection around the tooth.

Crowding A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position and may cause crowding of the teeth.

Cysts If a wisdom tooth is not removed, a sac of fluid called a cyst can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cyst can destroy bone and damage other teeth and the gums. Cyst formation around unerupted teeth is uncommon.

Damage to nearby molars An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molar next to it. This can cause an "erosion cavity" where the wisdom tooth hits the other molar. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth. The molar may become infected or abscessed. Removal of both molars is often needed.

Ulcers An upper wisdom tooth may push sideways out of the gum. It may cause an ulcer where it rubs against the inside of the cheek.

A food trap Food becomes trapped between the wisdom tooth and the molar next to it. This can cause cavities in both teeth.

Problems commonly caused by impacted wisdom teeth

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If you have any problems that are caused by your wisdom teeth, you should definitely have them removed. It is also highly recommended to have them removed prophylactically to prevent you from having problems in the future, preferably at a younger age.

We can discuss your personal requirements and medical history to help you make an informed choice. Call us on 02 9637 8877 or email us: taygrodoan@merrylandsdentalsurgery.com.au to make an appointment.

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Infection When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gum, an infection can start around the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen, red gums) can cause pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful and the person may feel generally unwell. The infection can cause bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Pain Pressure from the widsom tooth may cause pain the the tooth next to it. Pain can also be caused by infection around the tooth.

Crowding A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position and may cause crowding of the teeth.

Cysts If a wisdom tooth is not removed, a sac of fluid called a cyst can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cyst can destroy bone and damage other teeth and the gums. Cyst formation around unerupted teeth is uncommon.

Damage to nearby molars An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molar next to it. This can cause an "erosion cavity" where the wisdom tooth hits the other molar. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth. The molar may become infected or abscessed. Removal of both molars is often needed.

Ulcers An upper wisdom tooth may push sideways out of the gum. It may cause an ulcer where it rubs against the inside of the cheek.

A food trap Food becomes trapped between the wisdom tooth and the molar next to it. This can cause cavities in both teeth.

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If you have any problems that are caused by your wisdom teeth, you should definitely have them removed. It is also highly recommended to have them removed prophylactically to prevent you from having problems in the future, preferably at a younger age.

We can discuss your personal requirements and medical history to help you make an informed choice. Call us on 02 9637 8877 or email us: taygrodoan@merrylandsdentalsurgery.com.au to make an appointment.

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Should I remove my wisdom teeth?

An average adult has 32 teeth (16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom) and 4 of them are your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last ones to come through and in most situations they lack space to fit in a mouth. This is because the human jaw has evolved to only accommodate 28 teeth for its function.

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If they are well aligned and have no problems or pathology (decay, gum disease, etc) based on a thorough clinical examination and x-ray findings you may opt to keep them.

Unfortunately this does not generally happen. Due to the lack of space they may grow sideways, fully embedded in the gum and/or bone, or partially exposed through the gum. We call these impacted wisdom teeth.

This is a very common problem that many people experience. When the impacted tooth is only partially through, the gap between tooth and the gum will attract bacteria and food debris. The gap itself then acts as an ideal niche for these bacteria to grow causing inflammation and infection.

These can be very painful and uncomfortable as well as causing swelling and limits ability to open your mouth. This problem commonly arises when you are under stress and may create difficulties at school or work.

An average adult has 32 teeth (16 teeth on the top and 16 on the bottom) and 4 of them are your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last ones to come through and in most situations they lack space to fit in a mouth. This is because the human jaw has evolved to only accommodate 28 teeth for its function.

Timing of removal of wisdom teeth

It is widely proven to be beneficial to have your wisdom teeth removed when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Your jaw bone during this period is quite flexible making the surgery much more comfortable and easier. You are also more likely to recover from the surgery faster and less likely to experience possible complications.

Problems commonly caused by impacted wisdom teeth

If you have any problems that are caused by your wisdom teeth, you should definitely have them removed. It is also highly recommended to have them removed prophylactically to prevent you from having problems in the future, preferably at a younger age.

We can discuss your personal requirements and medical history to help you make an informed choice. Call us on 02 9637 8877 or email us: taygrodoan@merrylandsdentalsurgery.com.auto make an appointment.

Infection When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gum, an infection can start around the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen, red gums) can cause pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful and the person may feel generally unwell. The infection can cause bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Pain Pressure from the widsom tooth may cause pain the the tooth next to it. Pain can also be caused by infection around the tooth.

Crowding A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position and may cause crowding of the teeth.

Cysts If a wisdom tooth is not removed, a sac of fluid called a cyst can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cyst can destroy bone and damage other teeth and the gums. Cyst formation around unerupted teeth is uncommon.

Damage to nearby molars An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molar next to it. This can cause an "erosion cavity" where the wisdom tooth hits the other molar. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth. The molar may become infected or abscessed. Removal of both molars is often needed.

Ulcers An upper wisdom tooth may push sideways out of the gum. It may cause an ulcer where it rubs against the inside of the cheek.

A food trap Food becomes trapped between the wisdom tooth and the molar next to it. This can cause cavities in both teeth.

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