Wisdom tooth removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth. While some individuals have enough space in their jaw to accommodate these teeth without any issues, many people experience problems with their wisdom teeth and require extraction.
Here are some common reasons for wisdom teeth extraction
Most commonly, wisdom teeth do not have enough space to fully emerge or develop properly. They may become partially or fully impacted, which means they are trapped within the jawbone or gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and other dental problems.
Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on existing teeth as they try to emerge, leading to crowding and misalignment of the teeth. This can disrupt the natural alignment of your bite and affect the overall appearance of your smile.
Wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean due to their location at the back of the mouth, making them susceptible to infection and gum disease. Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create an opening where bacteria can enter, causing inflammation, infection, and pain.
The position of wisdom teeth can make them difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Decay in wisdom teeth can spread to adjacent teeth and compromise your oral health.
Individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment may need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to create sufficient space and ensure the success of the treatment.
In some cases, even if wisdom teeth are not currently causing problems, they may be recommended for extraction as a preventive measure. This is often the case when the dentist or oral surgeon predicts future issues based on the examination of the patient's mouth and X-rays.
It's important to consult with one of our dentists at Terrigal Beach Dental for an evaluation if you are experiencing pain, swelling, or other symptoms related to your wisdom teeth. We will provide you with expert advice and recommend the appropriate course of action, which may include extraction if necessary.