Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Did you know?
At Perfect Smile Adelaide we can safely and effectively remove your painful wisdom teeth.
Your wisdom teeth (known as molars) reside in the back of your mouth on each side of both the upper and lower jaw and are the last teeth to erupt.
When wisdom teeth erupt, some people have no complications, while others unfortunately do. This is because each person’s jaw structure is different – some people have more room for their wisdom teeth, while others don’t. When the former happens, we refer to this as an impacted tooth. If the jaw doesn’t have enough room for the new tooth, your tooth fails to completely erupt and stays inside the jaw bone.
Symptoms to Watch Out For:
- Pain at the back of the mouth and behind the molars: This pain will gradually increase as your wisdom teeth grow sideways, pressing on nerves and bone and crowding surrounding teeth
- Pain, redness, tenderness and/or swelling around the site: When your wisdom teeth start to erupt through the gum line, bacteria can enter the open tissue, resulting in infection. This can also affect your overall health as our oral hygiene and bodily health are closely related
When Should Impacted Teeth Be Removed?
Impacted teeth can be removed at any age, but it is generally agreed that removing wisdom teeth during the late teens/early twenties is advantageous since the tooth roots may not yet be completely formed, thus allowing for easier removal. More importantly, the shorter the time impacted teeth remain in your jaw bones, the less the incidence of their potential complications.
At Perfect Smile, with the help of the necessary diagnostic tools, including our on-site OPG x-ray machine, we can assess your wisdom teeth and surrounding bone and determine if they need to be extracted. If indicated, we may need to refer you to an extraction specialist, known as an oral surgeon.