Wisdom Teeth Removal Specialists in Gisborne
Not unlike the tailbone and the appendix, our wisdom teeth have been around for a long long time, and evolved slowly over the years. But the need for wisdom teeth removal has only come around in more recent times.
Evidence shows that the human jaw used to be bigger and had more room to accommodate these third molars known as wisdom teeth. However as we changed our diet and lifestyle, our jaw and facial bones evolved in shape and size to be sleeker and smaller. As a result, a lot of us don’t have enough space in our jaw bone to comfortably fit our four wisdom teeth.
Are you experiencing wisdom teeth pain? What a pain in the jaw!
Most wisdom teeth related pain starts in your late teens or early twenties. It comes in waves of one to two weeks, and can recur every couple of months. Your pain could be due to eruption movement of the wisdom teeth through bone tissue, inflammation, or indirectly causing teeth grinding or cheek biting.
When your wisdom teeth are partially through your gum, you can also get an infection of the surrounding gums due to food accumulation, and this causes you very severe pain and can lead to infection of other neighbouring structures.
We’ve certainly also seen delayed wisdom teeth removals lead to the decay of neighbouring teeth, and subsequently having to extract the wisdom tooth as well as the tooth next to it.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a short term loss and long term gain
Some of our dentists at Gisborne Family Dental have special interests and extra training in different fields within dentistry, including wisdom tooth extraction and removal.
We recommend identifying risk factors as early as possible, so that you’re less likely to experience any severe pain or emergencies, or have long-lasting damages to your other teeth. Wisdom teeth are usually non-functional, therefore removing them will prevent future problems, and you’re unlikely to feel any difference in how you eat.
Our wisdom tooth extraction planning process usually starts with an x-ray or scan, followed by careful planning, so that the procedure goes smoothly and predictably when the time comes to remove your problematic wisdom teeth.
Coupled with our sleep dentistry service, you can have your wisdom teeth removal surgery performed in a safe and relaxed manner, so that all you have to do is focus on a smooth sailing recovery process.