When wisdom teeth extractions are a smart idea

Wisdom teeth are the troublesome molars that often arrive in your late teens and early twenties. They are usually the last teeth to come through the gums. Normally there will be four that come through, two in your upper jaw and two in your lower jaw, though not everyone will get four, some get only two, and others get none at all.

Sometimes the jaw doesn’t have enough space for a wisdom tooth to come through. In these cases the tooth will then become wedged in or “impacted”. While some impacted wisdom teeth remain in place and cause no trouble, others may cause severe problems and may need to be removed.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

No. Not all wisdom teeth are problematic; in fact, some people can accommodate and tolerate their wisdom teeth just like any other tooth.

When does a wisdom tooth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth have the potential to cause major dental issues in your mouth if they don’t develop or have the space to develop properly. As they push against your jaw and teeth, you can experience pain, pressure and even infection and tooth decay if food gets stuck where the tooth is erupting.

After a quick check-up and x-ray, your dentist will be able to tell you if your wisdom teeth are likely to cause any issues.

How much does it cost to have wisdom teeth removed?

The cost of wisdom teeth removal can depend on a number of factors including how many teeth need to be removed, the complication of the removal, if local or general anaesthesia is needed and whether you will receive health care funding. If your wisdom teeth do require removal, your dentist will talk you through the procedure and costs, and answer any questions you have.

Time to get your wisdom teeth removed or checked?

Are your wisdom teeth starting to make themselves known? Have the wisdom to call the Goulburn Family and Cosmetic Dental Practice today on (02) 4822 8224 to book a dental check up

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