What Happens With Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, start pushing through the gum in the late teenage years and through the twenties. Most people have four wisdom teeth, however some people are lucky enough to have none.
Do wisdom teeth have to be removed?
No, if there is enough room, and they can be cleaned and maintained, then there is no need to remove these teeth. Very often however, there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate the wisdom teeth. If that is the case, they can become wedged underneath the second molars or “impacted”. If the impacted tooth remains below the bone and gum, it is unlikely to cause problems. However, if the tooth starts to cut through the gum, it can lead to infection and pain. Your dentist will discuss the need for removal.
Will I need to have general anaesthesia?
There is great variation in the difficulty of removing wisdom teeth, based on their shape and position. To assess this an OPG x-ray is usually required. Noosa Family Dental can take these x-rays in house and assess whether the teeth can be removed by a general dentist. If the teeth are more significantly impacted, then it is recommended that they be removed by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, often under general anaesthesia.