Wisdom Tooth Removal : Pros and Cons

Posted on : 28-12-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry, Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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The wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Since a young adult is more astute than a child, these molars at the extreme left and right of your upper and lower jaws are referred to as “wisdom” teeth. Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned.  However, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large adequate to contain wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.



Some Pro’s of Removing a Wisdom Tooth


Wisdom teeth may be hard to contact with your toothbrush or floss. Over time, the gathering of bacteria, sugars and acids may cause a cavity to form in the tooth. If it is not restored with a filling, the cavity may spread and destroy more tooth structure causing severe consequences to the tooth and surrounding supportive structures.


Due to the difficulty of keeping these teeth clean with your daily home care (brushing and flossing), bacteria and food remains remaining on the wisdom teeth may present a foul smell-causing bad breath. A wisdom tooth that is still under the gums in a horizontal position may exert pressure to the surrounding teeth, causing crowding and crooked teeth. A wisdom tooth that is still under the gums may become irritated


Some Con’s of Removing a Wisdom Teeth


Depending on the size shape and position of the tooth, removal can vary from a simple extraction to a more complex extraction. With a simple extraction, there is usually little swelling, bruising and bleeding. More complex extraction will require special treatment which may result in more bruising, swelling and bleeding. However, your dental professional will provide you with post treatment instructions to minimize these side effects.


The longer you wait and the older you get, there is the potential for more problems to occur. This is because as you get older, the bone surrounding the tooth becomes denser, making the tooth more difficult to remove.


For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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