Adults have up to 32 teeth, four of which are wisdom teeth. They are located at the back of the mouth and usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25, although sometimes they can appear in later years.
When Does Wisdom Tooth Pain Occur?
Wisdom teeth will come through properly if there is enough room in the mouth, and the individual will feel very little discomfort. However, if there is not enough space in the mouth, then the eruption of wisdom teeth will become a major concern. During the eruption, it will get stuck against the tooth in the front, which is described as ‘Impacted’ by dentists.
Dr Kanowitz will take x-rays and assess whether there is sufficient room for the teeth to surface and will determine what course of action needs to be taken.
Dr Kanowitz will recommend taking out wisdom teeth if:
- The teeth are not able to fully erupt through the gum, which can cause swelling and infection in the surrounding tissue, known as Pericoronitis.
- There is decay present – wisdom teeth are difficult to clean and can lead to further complications.
Wisdom teeth extraction is an outpatient procedure which means you arrive and leave the surgery on the same day. You’ll receive instructions on what to do before and on the day of the surgery.
Following the removal of wisdom teeth, there is likely to be some discomfort and swelling for a few days. However, this will vary with each patient. You will be given medication by our Anaesthetist and Dr Kanowitz will advise on how to alleviate this pain. A further dental appointment will be necessary for Dr Kanowitz to check the healing process and remove any stitches.
“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure. Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”