Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically start to appear in the mouth between your late teens and 20s. They often do not grow in an upright direction, like the rest of our teeth do, mostly because of a lack of space at the back of the jaw. Often, wisdom teeth are ‘impacted,’ or lie in an unfavourable position against the second molar. This could potentially cause problems such as gum inflammation, decay in the second molars, abscess, and pain.
At Syndal Dentistry, we typically screen our late teens and 20s patients for signs of erupting wisdom teeth. This involves a visual check and taking an OPG or full mouth X-ray of your teeth. The OPG lets us see the full position of the wisdom tooth in the jaw and can help us make recommendations on what to do with the wisdom teeth.
If they do need removing, we typically recommend doing it while you are younger, as healing and recovery times are usually faster, and it reduces the risks of complications in the future.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Tenderness
We recommend making an appointment with us right away if you suspect you are experiencing pain around the wisdom tooth.
Ignoring the symptoms of wisdom teeth could lead to the formation of cysts or more complicated surgery, which could lead to tumours and a slew of plenty dental appointments.
Other factors can contribute to or worsen gum disease, such as:
- Tenderness around the wisdom tooth
- Jaw pain
- Gum enlargement around the tooth
- Bad breath and bad taste
- Examine the tooth for cysts, which are pockets of liquid.
Why Should I Get Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Mount Waverley?
If your wisdom teeth are not positioned properly in the mouth and are not causing discomfort or other oral health issues, you may not need to have them extracted. On the other hand, it can cause serious problems and excruciating pain. If a problem with the development of your wisdom tooth is discovered, it is recommended that you have it removed as soon as possible. Tooth decay, pressure pain, gum infection, orthodontic reasons, prosthetic reasons, or cyst formation are the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal.