A bit of Wisdom in all of us

Did you know that some people don’t get wisdom teeth? Others can be missing a few and some people get extra wisdom teeth!

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Here at Dentists in Annerley in South Brisbane, we believe in trying to save your teeth whenever possible, however there are times when trying to do this it may cause more harm than good. This is most commonly seen with wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth which are also called third molars usually do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens, and sometimes not till much older. Generally, we all get 4 wisdom teeth, but in some cases, people may be genetically missing some, and in rare cases, people may have extra.

In some situations there is enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through and considering everything else is in order (no decay, healthy gums etc) then the wisdom tooth can stay in place. However, more often than not, that is not the case and the wisdom teeth need to be removed.

The main reason to remove wisdom teeth include:

  1. No space for it to erupt
  2. Impacted
  3. Causing damage to the adjacent teeth
  4. Infection or cyst around the wisdom tooth
  5. Causing pain or pressure
  6. Causing a gum infection (pericoronitis)
  7. Early removal due to higher risk of issues while roots are yet to fully form
  8. Unable to clean adequately
  9. Orthodontic reasons
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Prior To Removal

Prior to removal of the wisdom teeth, an OPG x-ray must be taken. This is a full mouth image that allow us to see where the wisdom tooth is sitting and if it has caused any damage, if there is an infection or if it is in close proximity to the nerve and/or surrounding structures.

In some cases, the roots of the wisdom teeth are close to or curved around a nerve and will require a 3D (CBCT) scan to further investigate.

On The Day

Most wisdom teeth can be done in the chair under local anesthetic but if the case is more complex there is options for sedation including nitrous sedation, IV and general anesthetic (GA). GA is performed in hospital while nitrous and IV sedation is performed at our South Brisbane dental clinic.

Throughout the procedure you will be completely numb and not feel any pain. After the procedure you will be given post-operative instructions and likely prescribed some medication to assist with healing.

Healing usually take 3-4 days on average.

Medical certificates can be provided after treatment when required.

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