Wisdom teeth are also known as third molar teeth and form at the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth are routinely or electively removed because the short length of the jaw cannot accommodate them.
While they can be seen on x-rays as early as twelve years of age, they usually appear in the mouth at age seventeen to twenty years. For the majority of people, there is simply not enough room to fit them in. The term Impacted Wisdom Teeth is used to describe this scenario.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be removed one or two teeth at a time, or as a set in one procedure. Depending on the level of complexity, wisdom teeth are removed awake under local anaesthetic, under conscious sedation in the dental clinic, or under general anaesthetic in day surgery or hospital.
Brisbane CBD Dentists Wisdom Teeth Procedures
Wisdom teeth cause problems when there IS NOT enough room in the jaw to fit them in. If there IS enough room for them, wisdom teeth behave like the other teeth and do not need to be removed.
At Edward Street Dental, we offer the removal of wisdom teeth:
- Awake under local anaesthetic (with an optional valium course),
- Asleep under conscious sedation (with a visiting Sedation-ist) and
- Referrals of cases requiring general anaesthetic.
Our team is very experienced in dental surgical extractions. We accept referrals from other dental surgeons in the Brisbane area. Consequently, we regularly perform the removal of wisdom teeth and dental extraction surgeries.
Why do I need to have my impacted Wisdom Teeth removed?
When there is not enough room for (impacted) wisdom teeth, the following problems will almost always occur:
- Gum infection and formation of pus around the wisdom tooth,
- Bad breath (caused by pus),
- Spread of gum disease to the neighbouring back teeth,
- Spread of uncontrolled gingivitis to the back and front teeth,
- Bone loss around the wisdom teeth and neighbouring 2-3 teeth,
- Risk of loss of the neighbouring second molar,
- Formation of cysts around the wisdom teeth,
- Facial swelling,
- Spontaneous severe pain.
Most of the problems in the list occur WITHOUT PAIN. It is not recommended only to remove wisdom teeth if pain occurs, and to leave them present if there is no pain. Pain is only one of the many problems on the list. And pain is so variable, in some people, it may never occur. Without the warning of pain, other things in the list, such as the spread of gum disease and bad breath, can evolve for years and even decades.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
At Brisbane CBD Dentists we welcome the opportunity to meet all new patients. Each member of our welcoming team has a gentle, caring nature and we strive to make you feel comfortable and at ease when you visit our practice. The implementation of our Anxious Patient Program ensures we can meet the varying needs of clients from all ages and backgrounds.