Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?
Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt. There is often not enough room left in your jaws for them, which can lead to your wisdom teeth becoming impacted (below the gum line and not fully erupted). When teeth are impacted, swelling and tenderness may occur as food traps and stay stubbornly in the area no matter how much you try to clean them.
Impacted wisdom teeth can start to present with issues from age 17 all the way up to late adulthood, so if you haven’t yet experienced problems with your wisdom teeth, there is still a chance it may arise in the future. Impacted wisdom teeth are often linked to having bad breath, painful swallowing, painful jaw opening, and swelling of the cheeks. Having daily meals means that the problem of having food wedged in tends to recur, and the accompanying issues will return time and again. The most effective treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is to remove them before they give you pain.
Do you need to have your wisdom teeth removed?
Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth come in straight with enough room around them to be cleaned. In this instance, the wisdom teeth can be considered like any other tooth in the mouth. At Ellen Stirling Dental, Dr Alan Quan will generally recommend that if your wisdom teeth are healthy and serving good function for eating, then you should definitely consider keeping them. After all, why remove teeth if it’s not necessary? All you need to do is to brush and floss them everyday, just like all your other teeth.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth are going to cause problems?
As the wisdom teeth sit at the back of our jaws, it is very difficult to see by ourselves whether they are straight or impacted. The best way to know is to have a general examination where Dr Alan Quan can fully assess your unique situation and give you individual information about your wisdom teeth, as well as advising you on the health of your other teeth.
My previous dentist told me I had to be referred to an oral surgeon for my wisdom teeth removal. Do I have to go elsewhere?
Dr Alan Quan has had over a decade of experience in removing wisdom teeth, which has enabled him to advance his techniques to keep his patients relaxed and as comfortable as possible. Ellen Stirling Dental is fully equipped for your wisdom teeth removal and all our team members have been trained to make your experience a safe one with minimal discomfort. In rare instances, if Dr Quan foresees potential complications with your wisdom teeth, he will discuss all your options with you so you remain safe, comfortable, and in control.