Wisdom teeth generally come through during the late teens and early 20s and are the last adult teeth to erupt. By this stage the jaw is fully formed and often lacks sufficient space to accommodate these additional teeth. As a result wisdom teeth can become impacted, where they cannot fully erupt, or will try to erupt underneath existing teeth or even sideways through the gums.
Our dentist in Greensborough will take digital dental x-rays showing the position of any un-erupted teeth to see if they will be problematic.
If you don’t have sufficient room for your wisdom teeth to fully erupt then we will recommend extraction. If your wisdom teeth don’t seem to be causing any problems then we will probably adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ approach.
We will assess the level of wisdom tooth impaction and advise on the options for extraction.
If they look difficult we would likely refer the extraction to a Maxillofacial Surgeon who usually extracts the teeth with the patient under a general anaesthetic.
Easier cases can be done here in the chair under local anaesthetic.
Afterwards we will give you full instructions on how to care for the surgery site until it has fully healed.
Most people find they heal up without any problems and will not have any significant discomfort.
A tiny percentage will experience Dry Socket, where the blood clot in the empty socket is dislodged, delaying healing. This is more likely to occur if you smoke.
At Banyule Dental we provide the most comprehensive range of dental services in the Greensborough area in a friendly, caring environment.
Our emphasis is on patient education and preventative procedures, however we provide the full range of treatment options including cosmetic/reconstructive work, dental implants, crowns/veneers, orthodontics/Invisalign, wisdom tooth surgery and treatments for sleep apnoea/tooth grinding.