Do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Do my Wisdom teeth have to be removed?
Not necessarily! Wisdom teeth also known as the third molars, generally appear from your late teens onwards. If there is adequate space and you are able to keep your wisdom teeth clean (getting a tooth brush back that far is a challenge) then there is no reason not to keep your wisdom teeth.
However when there is not enough space a wisdom tooth becomes “impacted” or stuck part way through the gum. When this happens you can experience a variety of symptoms such as:
- Bad Taste/breath
- Gum disease
- Damage to surrounding teeth
What to do:
If you believe that you may be experiencing any of the above symptoms as a result of your wisdom teeth then you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will examine and access your symptoms, arrange for an appropriate dental X-ray if indicated and advise you on the best course of action. They will also help to manage any pain you may be experiencing.
In some situations your dentist will be able to remove your wisdom teeth under local anaesthetic with minimal recovery time. Some wisdom teeth will need to be removed by a specialist surgeon, in which case your dentist will recommend and provide a referral to a qualified specialist.
Remember treating problem wisdom teeth in a timely manner will maintain not just your oral health but your general well being also.