Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth towards the back of the mouth that emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 years. If you are over 25 years old and your wisdom teeth have not erupted, do not be alarmed. Some people never grow wisdom teeth, and they do not serve any specific purpose.
Although you do not need your wisdom teeth, your dentist will only recommend removal if they are causing a problem.
When to remove your wisdom teeth
There are several instances when wisdom teeth removal may be required, such as when:
- Wisdom teeth cause pain and irritation. With the emergence of your wisdom teeth, pain and discomfort may occur. Some may experience more severe pain than others, to the point where eating becomes a difficult task.
- Wisdom teeth cause damage to other teeth. As your wisdom teeth emerge, they may push on other teeth, moving them out of place. In some instances, the pressure from wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth.
- Wisdom teeth do not have enough space to erupt. Your wisdom teeth can be impacted, meaning they do not have enough space to come through the gums. This can cause jaw pain, swelling or bleeding of the gums, bad breath and even difficulty in opening your mouth.
- Cysts develop around wisdom teeth. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can grow around new teeth. Cysts generally form as wisdom teeth are emerging. Cysts, if not treated, can cause damage to your roots and jawbone and may lead to tumours.
- Wisdom teeth are hard to clean. Based on the position of your wisdom teeth, you may find it difficult to get rid of food between your teeth and gums while brushing or flossing, which can lead to a build-up of bacteria, causing cavities and ultimately infection.
- Wisdom teeth affect your sinuses. Based on how your wisdom teeth grow, they may push or rub against your sinuses, in turn creating congestion, pain and pressure.
What to expect when you have wisdom teeth removed
For many, wisdom teeth removal seems daunting. But the process is not as scary as you may think. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure with a low risk of complications.
During wisdom teeth removal, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia and use sedation to suppress consciousness. So you will not feel any pain. After the procedure, your dentist will provide you with tips for a speedy recovery.
Need a Surrey Dentist?
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, contact us at Newton Village Dental Clinic.
At Newton Village Dental Clinic, we are sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable while providing you with the best care possible. We welcome patients of all ages, and our clinic is accessible to those with disabilities. Also, our staff can communicate in English, French, Vietnamese and American Sign Language.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Surrey dentist. We look forward to seeing you.