OUR MOUTHS HAVE GREATLY EVOLVED OVER THE CENTURIES, LEAVING WISDOM TEETH WITH NO REAL PURPOSE!
Ever wondered why people grow wisdom teeth especially so long after the rest of their adult teeth come through? It all comes down to evolution. Our early ancestors needed those extra back molars to grind tough foods, such as stems and bark. However, we don’t need them now we eat a different array of foods, and have evolved to use tools and utensils to process them. In the meantime though, our jaws have evolved to be smaller, but we haven’t evolved to not grow the extra teeth, meaning wisdom teeth will try to grow even when there’s no room for them.
Wisdom teeth typically emerge from 16-20 years of age. They start forming when you’re around ten years old, but as they’re the last teeth to develop, they don’t erupt until much later. If there is not enough room to accommodate them they can become impacted or exert pressure on the surrounding teeth. This can often be very painful and if impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated, it is possible for them to form abscesses under the gum line. Dentists may also check the progression of wisdom teeth in patients around fifteen years and over, to detect any potential problems before they develop into serious health risks.
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
We will assess your wisdom teeth and recommend whether wisdom tooth removal is necessary for your individual condition. In some cases, wisdom teeth will erupt evenly and without impacting other teeth. X-rays may be required to see which way the tooth is trying to go. You may need to book Wisdom Tooth Removal for one, two, or all of them.
It is generally wise’ to have wisdom teeth removal when they first begin to emerge, as younger patients tend to heal much faster and have less downtime after extraction. This is because the formation of the tooth’s root is not complete, so there are fewer possible complications, and therefore fewer overall risks.
The procedure itself is done in around 20 – 30 minutes, depending on your individual circumstances. Afterwards, you’ll spend some time in a supervised recovery space. Here at My Smile Doctors, we do everything we can to make patients as comfortable as possible after their procedure. You will also be given comprehensive advice about aftercare, and how to ensure proper nutrition you won’t be able to eat regular solid food for a short period.
SURGERY WHILE YOU SLEEP. YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL CAN BE PERFORMED PAIN FREE.
Which means that we can put you to sleep while you get your wisdom teeth removed! Although it’s not medically necessary, some patients prefer to be under sedation so they don’t have to think about what they can and can’t feel, or concentrate on keeping perfectly still.
We understand that Wisdom Tooth Removal can be daunting, which is why we offer sedation to help make the process as easy and pain-free as possible. Have a look at the video above for more information. Also, feel free to call our office at 02 8036 2411 if you have any enquiries about our services or want to book a same-day appointment. We’re glad to provide wisdom teeth removal for patients throughout wider Sydney.
At MY SMILE DOCTORS, we endeavour to help our patients achieve optimal oral health with every visit. By investing in high quality treatments and advanced dental technology, we have been able to establish an effective method to help enhance the look, feel and function of your smile.