WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
As discussed under tooth extraction – and as agreed by Alpha Health Clinic and the dental industry at large – removing teeth is generally a last resort in dentistry. An exception to this rule is the extraction of wisdom teeth (also known as third molars).
Whilst of utmost importance to our ancient ancestors, who relied on third molars in tackling their diet and supporting their hunter/gatherer lifestyle, us contemporary humans don't have as much of a need (or evolutionary suitability) for wisdom teeth, given that our jaws are also now smaller.
WHEN DO WISDOM TEETH APPEAR?
Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 16 and 25. Some people never get them and others never have any issues, even if they do. However, wisdom tooth removal is often needed when there's not enough space in peoples' mouths for them to grow properly – meaning they become misaligned, wedged or 'impacted'. Impacted wisdom teeth can’t pierce through the gums and often there is insufficient space for them to remain in the long term.
Common symptoms for those who may need their wisdom teeth removed at Alpha Health Clinic include:
- Jaw pain
- Swelling of the jaw
- Bad breath
- Inflamed and irritated gums
- Bleeding gums
- Damage or trauma to surrounding structures.
These side effects don’t automatically equate to needing wisdom teeth removed and Alpha Health Clinic addresses each patient with the care and concern expected at our friendly, reliable and family-orientated practice.
It’s important to note that impacted wisdom teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay and third molars are more susceptible to developing detrimental issues. In ensuring patients are comfortable in proceeding with wisdom tooth removal, Alpha Health Clinic makes sure you are well-informed on the risks and long-term benefits of the oral surgery. Additionally, pre-surgery and follow up consultations are a great forum for both patient and dentist to ask and answer questions and concerns that may arise.
Contact us today to book an appointment.