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Wisdom Teeth

Your mouth goes through many changes during development, one major change that usually takes place between seventeen and twenty-one is the growth of your third molars. These teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they usually come through at a more mature age.

When wisdom teeth come through correctly, they can help you chew just like you other molars. But if your molars do not erupt in correctly, the can cause concern. It’s normal to feel a bit of discomfort when your wisdom teeth are erupting, but if you have a lot of pain, you should visit your dentist in Thomastown.

As your wisdom teeth erupt through your gums, your dentist should monitor for signs of the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t erupted in the right position can allow food to become trapped in between your last molar and your wisdom tooth. This gives bacteria a place to grow and causes cavities.
  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t come in properly, which can make it difficult to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them.
  • Wisdom teeth that have partially come through can creates a pocket of tissue for bacteria to enter the and create a place for infection to happen. This may also lead to pain, swelling, inflammation or odours.
  • Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through can crowd or damage neighbouring teeth or even cause crowding to your front teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth. This could damage the roots of teeth nearby or destroy the supporting bone.

Why You Might Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
  • Your dentist may also recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care.

Before wisdom teeth removal, your dentist in Thomastown will examine your mouth and refer you to have a full mouth x-ray taken. Then your dentist can discuss the best course of treatment for you.

If you have a dental emergency, we offer after hour dentist services