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What are wisdom teeth? 

The wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually grow in when people are a little older, between the ages of 17 and 21. They are located in the very back of the mouth.


Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Many people do not have enough space in their jaws for the wisdom teeth to come into the mouth normally. If a wisdom tooth comes in part way, this can make it difficult to clean the area, leading to infection of the gums, and cavities. Sometimes, the tooth next to the wisdom tooth may also be affected. In addition, wisdom teeth may contribute to the crowding of other teeth. Because wisdom teeth typically come in around the age of 17, parents are encouraged to bring their children in for a thorough dental exam when they reach their early teens. Digital X-rays will help determine when and if oral surgery is necessary for wisdom teeth removal. This removal procedure is called wisdom teeth extraction.

Here are signs you may need your wisdom teeth removed:

  • Your wisdom teeth come in crooked
  • There isn’t enough room in your mouth
  • Your wisdom teeth are hard to clean
  • You notice swelling developing around the tooth
  • You’re experiencing pain or discomfort
  • Sore, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty opening your mouth


Do I have to get them removed? 

Some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth. Often, however, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow in properly. They might crowd other teeth, grow in crooked, grow in only partially or never erupt from the gums at all. As a result, wisdom teeth can cause several oral health problems for young adults. A Dental Choice dentist can help you figure out whether impacted wisdom teeth are causing your symptoms and what the best course of action might be.


How much will it cost to have my wisdom teeth removed?

The price for wisdom tooth removals varies, depending on the number of wisdom teeth being extracted, whether they are impacted or not and the use of a local anaesthetic versus sedation or general anaesthesia.


For more information or to book an appointment, contact a Dental Choice clinic near you. We’re here to help.

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