Wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt during teenage years, however some people never grow them. Occasionally the wisdom teeth do not position themselves correctly and when there is a lack of adequate space along the jaw, your dentist may recommend extraction.
Your teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic or sedation in the dentist’s chair or under general anaesthetic in a hospital.
The recovery period will normally only last a few days and minor discomfort can be helped with analgesics such as ibuprofen or paracetamol during this time. Your dentist will advise you on how best to manage any swelling or pain likely to occur.
To determine whether you or your child should undergo wisdom teeth removal, a full x-ray will be required to assess the position, level of development and probability of normal eruption. Your dentist can then provide you with appropriate treatment options along with an estimate of associated costs.
To book a wisdom tooth consultation for yourself or your child, contact Fannie Bay Dental Surgery.