21 Jun Can My Dentist Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Posted by: Willow Tree Dental and Orthodontic Centre
Medically reviewed by: Dr Peta Leigh BDS (Melb), BSc (Monash)
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to erupt in the mouth.
While some individuals have no issues with them, others may experience pain, discomfort, and potential oral health complications.
Wisdom teeth typically begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, though the timing may vary for each individual.
These third molars were necessary in our evolutionary past, when our ancestors had larger jaws and needed the extra chewing power for their diet.
However, due to changes in diet and evolution, many people no longer have enough space in their mouths to accommodate the eruption of these teeth, leading to various issues.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Pain?
The pain and discomfort associated with wisdom teeth can stem from several factors:
Impaction: They can become impacted, meaning they don’t fully emerge from the gum line. This can cause pain, swelling, and infection due to the difficulty in cleaning these partially erupted teeth.
Crowding: Lack of space in the mouth can cause wisdom teeth to push against adjacent teeth, leading to misalignment, crowding, and bite problems.
Infections and Gum Disease: The difficulty in cleaning partially erupted wisdom teeth can make them more susceptible to decay, gum disease, and infections.
Can My Family Dentist Remove Wisdom Teeth?
While general or family dentists are skilled in various dental procedures, the removal of wisdom teeth is a specialised procedure that may require additional expertise.
At Willow Tree Dental, our expertly skilled dentists will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best course of action for you.
If your case is straightforward and doesn’t require surgical intervention, our dentists may perform the extraction themselves.
They will ensure your comfort by using local anesthesia or sedation techniques, making the procedure as painless as possible.
In cases where the extraction of wisdom teeth is more complicated, we will make a referral to a trusted specialist surgeon.
These oral and maxillofacial surgeons possess advanced training and experience in performing complex tooth extractions, including impacted wisdom teeth.
At Willow Tree Dental we take pride in our network of skilled specialist surgeons, ensuring that our patients are in capable hands, and receive the highest quality of care throughout their treatment.
Why Choose Willow Tree Dental?
Willow Tree Dental is a leading dental practice committed to providing comprehensive and patient-centered care for the whole family.
By choosing Willow Tree Dental, you gain access to a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest dental technologies.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable team prioritise your comfort, ensuring a positive and stress-free dental experience every time you visit us.
With our exceptional referral system, Willow Tree Dental ensures that you receive the best possible care throughout your wisdom tooth extraction journey. Trust in our expertise and commitment to your oral health, and let us guide you towards a healthier,
Remember, if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort related to your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at Willow Tree Dental and take the first step toward a happier, healthier smile.