Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
Each patient’s situation is unique. Usually a panoramic X-ray (OPG) is required to determine whether the wisdom teeth will need to be removed and the risk involved. If you need to remove your wisdom teeth, it is better to have them removed sooner rather than later because when you are younger, there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier, as well as making the recovery time much shorter. Most wisdom teeth extractions can be done with local anaesthetic in our practice. However, if you prefer to be knocked out during the procedure (general anaesthetic), we can refer you to an oral surgeon who will work with an anaesthetist to extract your wisdom teeth whilst you under the general anaesthetic.
If you have missing teeth, it is important to replace them. When a tooth is missing, the resulting gap allows nearby teeth to tilt or drift causing more problems to your other teeth. Missing teeth can also change your bite adding stress to the jaws which could lead to difficulties eating, frequent headaches and fracture or cracking of other teeth. And due to the change in facial structure, it can also cause patients to look much older than their actual age. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and it is the closest thing to having your real tooth back. Dental implants are titanium tooth replacements surgically implanted in the jawbone that integrate with the support structure of the new replacement tooth. Other dental implant options include a fixed bridge (to replace several missing teeth) or combining implants with more convenient dentures. All of these treatments offer great functional and cosmetic results.
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