Wisdom Teeth Removal & Surgical Extraction
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, normally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. They are the last teeth to erupt with often no room left to accommodate their size into the already crowded jaw. The main reason being that over the centuries our diet has changed from an abrasive diet to more refined diet. This causes very little wear on our teeth. As a result, the wisdom teeth have little room into which they can erupt. Hence up to 75% of people require wisdom tooth removal.
Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?
Some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth while others develop painful conditions including an infection requiring removal of the wisdom tooth. In many cases, wisdom teeth will often require removal if they erupt into a position making them very difficult to clean. Consequently, gum disease may develop.
Other reasons for extracting teeth
Your adult teeth should last a lifetime but there are several reasons why teeth require extraction. These include damage from injury, decay, gum disease, infection and in cases of crowding as part of orthodontic treatment. Frequently, the successful treatment of the infection of teeth resulting from extensive decay is by root canal therapy. Root canal therapy may offer an effective treatment and can be provided either by your general dentist or a specialist know, as an endodontist. In the situation where an infection is too extensive, even root canal therapy may fail. This may allow the infection to spread further requiring tooth extraction.
Some dental infections will not respond favourably to root canal therapy. This leaves no alternative other than tooth removal and surgical curettage of the infected lesion.
During your consultation, Dr Priestland will assess your general health noting all medical history. He will also record any medication, both prescribed and “over the counter” preparations. Assessment of your particular problem by a combination of clinical and X-ray assessment provides some of the various options for treatment. Once the various options and the risks and benefits of those options are understood, you will be invited to provide informed consent for your chosen treatment approach.
All surgery carries inherent risks and complications and it is especially important that you understand and accept these risks prior to proceeding. This may include seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.