Wisdom teeth usually erupt during a person’s late teens or early twenties on either side of the upper and lower jaw. Often, they cause no problems. You may go your entire life without a single wisdom-teeth related problem. However, not everybody is so lucky.
If there is insufficient room in the jaw, wisdom teeth may need to be removed to avoid complications. At King Street Dental, we’ve performed countless wisdom tooth removals. We can determine if the procedure is necessary and carry it out promptly with a minimum of discomfort.
Sometimes the need for wisdom tooth removal is made apparent by excruciating pain. Often, however, the issues caused by wisdom teeth are less obvious. Discomfort as wisdom teeth erupt is not the only indication that they may need to be removed.
The teeth may not have enough room to break through. Or, they could be on an awkward angle. If your wisdom teeth push against your back molars, they could cause damage and warp the alignment of your jaw. This would create problems with your bite.
Wisdom teeth which have partially erupted can be particularly difficult to clean. Pockets of cavity causing bacteria can thrive around wisdom teeth. The only way to know for certain whether your wisdom teeth are likely to create dental woes is to consult your dentist.
Modern dentistry is a marvellous thing. Today, wisdom tooth removal doesn’t have to be an ordeal. For particularly anxious patients, or those who require complex procedures, sleep dentistry is a great option.