What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of the mouth in the upper and lower jaws. Wisdom teeth
generally erupt in the late teenage years to the early twenties and are usually the last teeth to come through the gums. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but some people have no wisdom teeth or less than four.
What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
In some people, there is insufficient room for the wisdom teeth to erupt easily through the gum. This can cause complications such as wisdom tooth pain, crowding or infection. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth are often wedged against the gum or bone and are impacted. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. These teeth only need to be removed when they are impacted and that impaction has led to other problems.The easiest way to know if you need your wisdom teeth extracted is to visit your dentist for an examination.
At Toorak Fine Dentistry, we offer OPG x-rays in-house. This allows us to accurately assess the position of your wisdom teeth on the day you present to our practice. If suitable, we will perform wisdom teeth surgery at our Melbourne clinic; you will be in the dental chair under local anaesthetic.
In some cases, wisdom teeth may be impacted in bone as described above, and the dentist examining your teeth may recommend a referral to an oral surgeon in Melbourne to have your wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic.
Often, the most suitable treatment for an infected wisdom tooth is to perform a wisdom tooth extraction. However, for many reasons this may not be possible on the day and you may require a referral to see an oral surgeon. If any of your wisdom teeth have become infected, our wisdom teeth dentist in Melbourne can gently clean the infected area around the tooth.
In some cases, we may prescribe antibiotics. We may also advise rinsing your mouth regularly with warm salt water until such time that an appointment can be made for a wisdom tooth extraction in Melbourne.
If you would like our wisdom teeth dentist in Melbourne to assess the position of your wisdom teeth, or if you’re experiencing pain or signs of an infection, call our reception desk on (03) 9826 1725 to arrange emergency wisdom tooth removal in Melbourne.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Any Surgical or Invasive Procedure Carries Risks. Before Proceeding With a Surgical or Invasive Procedure, You Should Seek a Second Opinion From an Appropriately Qualified Health Practitioner.