Your mouth goes through several changes throughout your life. A unique and momentous change usually occurs at the ages of 14 and 21, which is the eruption of the third molars or what usually named as ” wisdom tooth ” as they come with age.
What are wisdom teeth?
It is the third molar erupting after the age of 15, as the last and most posterior tooth in the arch. Most of us have wisdom teeth, yet there are some chances, that this wisdom teeth don’t erupt, partially erupt or erupt but without being visible (trapped under gums).
Enough space for wisdom teeth
For wisdom teeth to erupt without pain and complications, sufficient room should be available. If there is inadequate space, they will come out in a wrong drifted position, causing more harms than benefits. Wisdom teeth impaction can be partially or completely under bone and gums. Since the teeth are important both aesthetically and functionally, all efforts are being made to preserve them and avoid their extraction, but there are some cases that require the wisdom teeth removal if they are anticipated to cause problems in future.
Why are wisdom teeth more prone to complications?
- They are difficult to access, therefore poor oral hygiene maintenance.
- Usually erupt in the wrong position, in most cases due to the small size of the arch.
- Incomplete eruption.
Hazards of not extracting the wisdom tooth
- Difficulty to access for proper cleaning and brushing in the desired manner, which leads to various cavities and severe inflammation of the tooth.
- Wrong position, trapping food and allows bacterial growth with wisdom tooth pain and bad breath.
- The incomplete eruption of wisdom teeth that will make it difficult to floss between them and neighboring teeth.
- Pain, gum swelling and even stiffness during mouth movement can result from bacteria causing infection and inflammation in the tissues surrounding improperly positioned swelling wisdom tooth.
- Crowding and cavities in the neighboring teeth when there is not enough space for wisdom teeth.
- Friction with cheeks if it is tilted to the outside, causing ulcers and continually biting on the inner side of cheeks, causing severe pain and inflammation.
- In some cases, cysts develop nearby the impacted wisdom teeth causing root damage and pain.
- This tooth may become a focus of infections and bacteria that will spread to the teeth and then to the rest of the body, and result in many complications.
- In severe cases, it can pressure a nerve causing pain, numbness of the lips, and tongue.
Patients with wisdom teeth problem scan contact Wisdom Teeth Doctors at Penrith, Chatswood, and many locations across Sydney as fast as possible to ensure a proper diagnosis, treatment and avoid potential complications with the wisdom teeth removal under sedation using our interest-free payment plans if needed. We service almost all across Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches, Western Sydney and Central coast providing the safe, friendly and modern environment.