Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars. Although they come in last, they're an essential part of your dental health.
Why They're Removed
These teeth come in between 16 and 24 years old. They come with age; therefore, they have the name 'wisdom teeth'. In rare cases, they come later. These are not inherently detrimental to your health. However, when these begin to emerge, the gums may already be filled with teeth, so new ones will only hurt, not help. In most situations, this occurs, and the wisdom teeth then must come out.
They may emerge safely and healthily, but most of the time space is limited, and wisdom teeth turn painful. Without an x-ray, the following symptoms can prove unhealthy wisdom teeth's existence:
Bad taste and pungent breath
Without wisdom teeth removal, the following can occur:
Food may become trapped in partially erupted teeth, becoming a bacteria breeding area
An unerupted tooth may damage teeth and the jaws
Cysts and sores
Pericoronitis: The top flap of the gum may not be completely removed. Therefore, it lays down on the top of the tooth, creating a bacteria and disease habitat
To comply with the AHPRA Legislation we are required to advise that "Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner."
All in all, take your wisdom teeth seriously. Should you have any more questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.