Wisdom teeth are the final molar to erupt in an individual. Typically, these teeth will erupt anywhere between the ages of 18-25 years of age. Sometimes these teeth will erupt in a completely uncomplicated fashion and never need to be removed. Other times, they may erupt in an aberrant fashion or only partially erupt causing added risk to the health of the teeth around. Some potential risks to surrounding teeth are things like crowding as they force their way up, decay, pain and infections. Impacted wisdom teeth tend to cause the most problems and are usually associated with pain, or they can become infected with serious consequences.
The clinicians at Pennant Hills Dental Centre can help relieve the pain and treat impacted wisdom teeth. We often start with a special jaw scan (OPG) to assess whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed or not. Dr Oliver Cvekus is experienced in this area and performs wisdom teeth removal regularly in the comfort and safety of our practice. The procedure itself is not as traumatic as you might think with Dr Cvekus removing a large amount of teeth using only local anaesthetic. This negates the need for an inconvenient hospital visit and the added expense that goes with this. Of course, not all wisdom teeth can be removed without a hospital visit and some patients prefer to be asleep for the procedure. All of this can be arranged for added patient comfort and care.
We also ensure that your care extends beyond the procedure itself, as all cases are reviewed a fortnight later to ensure your recovery is progressing as expected.
In order for us to fully understand your needs, please contact our team at Pennant Hills Dental Centre to organise a consultation for assessment of your wisdom teeth and to discuss treatment options.
When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gums, an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen red gums) can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cysts can destroy bone and damage other teeth and gums.
Damage To Nearby Molars
An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molars next to it. This often leads to a serious damage to both teeth.