• Unearth the mystery surrounding wisdom teeth from development to extraction with Redbank Plains Dental

    Unearth the mystery surrounding wisdom teeth from development to extraction with Redbank Plains Dental

    Whether you are guilty of ignoring them or they are just coming through, one of the worst things you can do is to overlook the appearance of your wisdom teeth.

    Our team here at Redbank Plains Dental provides wisdom teeth removal services for Redbank, Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, Camira and Goodna along with any other suburbs around and in-between.

    Excavating the mystery behind wisdom teeth doesn’t have to be boring! The following article sheds light to why they’re called wisdom teeth, why we have wisdom teeth and why everyone says you need them removed.

    WHY ARE THEY CALLED WISDOM TEETH?

    They don’t give you a sudden spurt of wisdom on their arrival; wisdom teeth are named because of the age you are at when they appear which is typically between 17 and 25, a period known as an age of wisdom. Generally people have their wisdom teeth removed while they’re young because as we get older the recover speed of patients is a little slower, making the risks of infection and other problems higher.

    WHAT DO THEY DO?

    Back in the age of prehistoric times, mankind had stronger and larger jaws. The appearance of wisdom teeth helped the process of chewing and offered some replacements when teeth fell out – which was likely not uncommon in those days, as dental care and knowledge of dentistry was scarce and uncertain.

    Moving forward with modern medicine and evolution’s changes in jaw size, we now have the problem of impaction and lack of space for teeth. As there isn’t enough room for the teeth to grow healthy and normally, they tend to partially erupt, grow in a different direction or remain trapped underneath the gum or bone. So how can we solve this problem?

    FIRSTLY, IF YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW, FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE WISDOM TEETH

    Not everyone will develop a set of third molars, but the average person has 4 – two at both ends of the top jaw and two at both ends of the bottom jaw, although it is possible to have more. The most obvious way of finding this out is to come in and see us at Redbank Plains Dental where we can assess your third molars and find out if you need treatment and what treatment plan would best suit you as a patient.

    IN SOME CASES, PATIENTS MAY EXPERIENCE THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

    • Swelling
    • Strained jaw
    • Pain when chewing
    • Headaches
    • Infection
    • Abscess

    It’s also common for patients to feel no symptoms at all this is why it’s important to stress the need for dental assistance because although symptoms may not be overly apparent, your wisdom teeth are likely to still require monitoring to make sure they don’t become decayed or diseased.

    YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL TREATMENT

    Needing teeth removed is a hard thing to hear, but here at Redbank Plains Dental we practice dentistry with care and precision, making sure our patients have the most effective and straightforward treatment plans.

    WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT

    Everyone experiences different levels of pain and discomfort after treatment. Some symptoms could be:

    • Puffy cheeks from swelling – often peaking from 48-72 hours after treatment
    • Bleeding gums
    • Difficulty eating

    There could also be other symptoms like infection but depending on the patient, your dental professional will ensure you are fully up to date with any post treatment care and information that you may have about the treatment.

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

    Here at Redbank Plains Dental we offer a comprehensive approach to our patients individual treatment needs. To find out more about your wisdom teeth and whether they are impacted, undeveloped or in need of extraction book a consultation with us today.

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