What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that typically develop and come in around the age of 16-25. Like the human appendix or tailbone, they are a vestigial structure, an evolutionary remnant that was once useful for our ancestors with larger skulls and jaws to fit more teeth. Nowadays, they typically do not come in properly, develop anomalously with a low percentage of cyst formation, or are simply hard to reach and clean, causing cavities or gum disease which affects overall health.
Do your wisdom teeth need to be removed?
This is a question best answered after a comprehensive examination with the dentist, who will take into consideration how your wisdom teeth are developing, and other factors that could influence your decision. Sometimes, they need to be removed even when there is no pain present, but it is important to discuss the risks and benefits before arriving at a decision with your dentist. Other times, it is necessary to allow them to remain in place, if there are risk factors with removing them.
When is the best time to remove wisdom teeth?
When you are as healthy as possible. We want to schedule the procedure for when you are most likely to heal quickly. This means at a younger age AND when there are not other medical concerns.
What will happen during the procedure?
First, we review the procedure, its risks and benefits, alternative options, and obtain your informed consent. If necessary, we will discuss methods of conscious sedation for the severely anxious patient. We then numb the area with local anaesthetics, and test the area to make sure you are as comfortable as possible before we proceed. Afterwards, we ensure you are able to care for the area so it heals nicely. Friends and Family Dental Health is always a phone call away.