Between the ages of 18 and 26, wisdom teeth tend to begin erupting in the mouth. Most people will have all or some wisdom teeth come through in this time, and some people will notice them more than others.
In health eruption of wisdom teeth, there will be some mild tenderness but nothing more than this.
Sometimes however, wisdom teeth become impacted or ectopically erupted – when the teeth do not come out fully, or come out in an unfavourable direction.
Sometimes in these cases, patient can experience pain, swelling, bad tastes and sometimes difficulty closing or opening their mouth.
Without treatment, this can cause chronic discomfort, as well as possible damage to adjacent teeth, larger and more severe infections, and the development of cysts which require surgical removal!
Because of this, it’s important to keep up to date with you regular dental checks.
Do all wisdom teeth need to come out?
No. But if they are causing chronic discomfort for more than three months, or have been unfavourably positioned, it’s a good idea to see a dentist and get a professional opinion.
It’s usually a lot better to have them out, rather than face bigger issues like more decay in the future.
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Will it hurt?
The majority of wisdom teeth extractions are simple or minor surgical procedures, and dentists usually encouraged taking a day off work afterwards.
Sometimes, they are more involved, but this will usually be discussed beforehand so you are well aware of downtime.
Sometimes, you will be prescribed stronger painkillers, or antibiotics, to help with pain and reduce the chance of infection after the surgery.
Can I get my wisdom teeth removed without getting put to sleep?
Of course! This saves the cost of a general anaesthetic, as well as being able to be awake and aware for the rest of the day, following the surgery.
How long does it take to recover?
Most patients will be pain-free and back to eating normal foods within three to four days.
It can take a little bit longer depending on the difficulty of the extractions, but usually the dentist will see you for regular review appointments, to make sure everything is healing well.
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