Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt into the mouth during the late teen years to early 20’s. By around age 30, they’re fully developed. Although it may seem a “rite of passage” into adulthood to have them pulled, it isn’t always necessary.

When Wisdom Teeth Cause Pain

Perhaps the biggest reason why people ask our Wantrina South dentist if their wisdom teeth need to be extracted, is because they’re in pain. The intermittent pressure or discomfort felt may be due to reasons such as:

• Eruption cysts
• Decay or infection around the tooth
• Lack of space in the jaw
• Impacted wisdom teeth
• Normal growth and development

More often than not, this pain doesn’t improve on its own. Removing the 3rd molars is usually the best solution.

The Impact on Healthy Teeth in the Mouth

Wisdom teeth aren’t isolated when it comes to causing problems. In many cases, they impact the healthy teeth right next to them. Too much pressure or an infected wisdom tooth could cause the (otherwise healthy) neighbour tooth to become infected as well. It’s best to remove it before healthy teeth suffer the consequences.

As if that isn’t bad enough, wisdom teeth that are erupting at an angle may push into the neighbouring teeth, shoving them forward. This pressure can lead to a chain reaction through the entire arch, causing crowding that’s especially noticeable toward the front of the mouth.

Keeping You Comfortable

At Studfield Dental Group, we understand that most people get a little nervous when discussing something like oral surgery. Our experienced Wantrina South dental team and sleep dentistry options are here to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

If you suspect that you or your teen’s wisdom teeth may need to be removed, contact our Wantrina South dentists to schedule a consultation. Studfield Dental Group is happy to accept new patients.