Wisdom teeth are actually your third set of molars. They get their nickname from the way that they usually come through when people are older, most commonly between the ages of 17 and 25 years old – when we are supposedly “wiser”! In fact, they can emerge during your 30’s or even 40’s. Most people have four wisdom teeth, although it is also possible to have less than this, more than this or even none at all.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Troublesome?
Wisdom teeth are the teeth most likely to become impacted, or stuck, due to space restrictions. It’s common for people to not have any room for their wisdom teeth to come through, which can lead to:
- Crooked teeth when a wisdom tooth pushes against the molar next to it
- Damage to the molars sitting next to wisdom teeth
- Infections when a wisdom tooth does not fully emerge, known as ‘partial eruption’. This is a painful situation, prone to tooth decay and gum disease.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Fraser Dental are experienced at performing wisdom teeth extractions which are efficient with minimal pain and discomfort. When a wisdom tooth has fully come through, the extraction is a straight-forward procedure like any other tooth extraction. Your comfort is paramount, and in addition to effectively numbing the gum area we also offer Drift Away Anxiety Management and Sleep Dentistry options so even our most nervous patients are calm and comfortable throughout the process.
If a wisdom tooth is only partially erupted and/or impacted, extracting it can be a little more involved and may require oral surgery.
In all cases we will recommend the best course of action for you and thoroughly go through the process and address any concerns you have so you know you are in the best of hands.