When you hear about wisdom teeth, it is probably in the context of someone needing them removed. What are wisdom teeth? Why is the removal of wisdom teeth so common? Is removal inevitable, or can you keep your wisdom teeth? We will answer these questions and more.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the backmost teeth on both the top and bottom of the mouth. Most people have four total wisdom teeth, but on rare occasions, someone may not have all four wisdom teeth grow in. Even less common is for someone to form more wisdom teeth after having them removed.
How to Care for Wisdom Teeth Properly
Some wisdom teeth will eventually have to be removed simply due to how they grow in. However, there are some things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of needing wisdom tooth removal. These include:
- Use a toothbrush with a small enough head to reach the back of your mouth.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush your wisdom teeth at least twice per day with a soft bristle brush.
- If you suspect an infection is setting in, see your dentist as soon as possible. It may be treatable without removing the tooth.
If You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
If an x-ray reveals that wisdom teeth are causing a problem or indicate that they may do so in the future, your dentist will likely recommend removal. This may also be the case if you suffer from recurrent infections in the gums around the wisdom teeth.
Removal of wisdom teeth is usually performed with either a local or a general anaesthetic. Either way, you shouldn’t feel anything during the surgery. You may feel sore for a few days after and experience some bleeding. On occasion, dry socket can occur, and this requires additional treatment.
If your wisdom teeth are hurting, come and see us at Dens in Dente for an examination. We offer wisdom teeth management ranging from antibiotics for infection to removal if necessary. To schedule an appointment, call 02 8399 3661.
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