Wisdom teeth have a bad reputation and sometimes this is justified as they can be troublesome. Many people get their wisdom teeth without any problems at all, but for some, the arrival of the third molars can be very painful.
About wisdom teeth
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to develop. There are four in total, with one located in each corner of the mouth. These teeth gained the nickname ‘wisdom teeth’ because they tend to develop during late adolescence or adulthood.
In many cases wisdom teeth erupt without any issues, but sometimes they can cause problems. This usually happens when there is a lack of space for the new teeth in the jaw. If there isn’t enough space for the teeth to develop and grow normally, they can start to press against the neighbouring teeth and grow at an angle. This is known as an impacted tooth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can become decayed, as they are very hard to reach with a toothbrush.
When is it best to remove a wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth are not essential and we can manage perfectly well without them. This is why it’s sometimes best to remove them if they are causing you problems. If a tooth is impacted, decayed or giving you a lot of pain, your dentist may recommend extraction. Extracting the tooth will help to create more space in the jaw and prevent you from feeling further discomfort. It will also help to protect the neighbouring teeth.
Wisdom tooth extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is similar to regular tooth extraction, but the procedure can be more complex due to their location. If the tooth has grown at an angle, this can also make the procedure more difficult. At Aqua Dental Spa, our dentists have extensive experience in wisdom tooth removal, so we can assure you that you are in very safe hands. Before the procedure, your dentist will talk you through the process step by step and answer any questions you have. Most cases can be carried out under local anaesthetic and we also offer treatment under sedation for those who feel anxious.