Wisdom teeth are the common names for the 3rd molars. These teeth normally begin to erupt into the mouth between the ages of 16 and 21 years. The eruption process is often accompanied by transient pain which settles once the tooth erupts into its functional position. For some people, the wisdom teeth are unable to erupt or function fully, and these people may experience continuing pain.
Indications for removal
There are many indications for the removal of wisdom teeth. These include:
- Recurrent infection or pain
- Periodontal (Gum) disease
- To protect adjacent molars from future damage
- Associated pathology
- Involvement in trauma
- Food trapping
- As part of an orthodontic treatment plan
- Prior to orthognathic surgery
- Prior to overseas deployment
- Prior to a professional career in contact sports
What does the surgery involve?
The removal of wisdom teeth can range from a relatively simple procedure that can be performed under local anaesthetic, through to relatively complex surgery requiring a general anaesthetic. Dr Hyam will discuss the surgery involved in the removal of your wisdom teeth at the time of your consultation and tailor a plan to suit your needs.
How long do I need off work or school?
Every patient recovers differently from surgery. As a general rule it will take 5-7 days to recover from your procedure and Dr Hyamís team will make sure you have the appropriate certificates to verify your condition.
What are the risks of surgery?
When you consult with Dr Hyam he will discuss the relative risks and benefits of any proposed procedures. Every procedure has risks and these risks are always balanced against your individual needs and treatment requirements.