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Do you have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth? What are your Options?

Wisdom teeth are the four permanent teeth that develop lastly at the back of your mouth. They are usually developed when a person is in his/her late teen years or early twenties. Thus, they are named “Wisdom teeth” as that age is typically associated with acquiring maturity and wisdom. Most people have 32 permanent teeth but sometimes their jaws could be too small to accommodate the emerging wisdom teeth. They get impacted because of they have no adequate space to grow. When they don’t erupt completely, obviously they would be submerged in a small flap of gum tissue. And food particles, plaque and bacteria get trapped around them, causing the infection.

Also, it is difficult to reach the partially erupted teeth with a brush and floss. Hence, they cannot be cleaned properly and are often ignored. This condition promotes the growth of bacteria because of the accumulation of food, plaque and other debris. Thus, wisdom teeth removal in Sydney has become one of the most common oral procedures.

Symptoms
When you have an infected wisdom tooth, you shall experience

  • Pain around the area
  • Headaches and throbbing in the jaw, neck and the throat.
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen lymph glands below the jaw
  • Difficulty in chewing or eating
  • Swelling in the face and jaw
  • Presence of bad smell and taste in the mouth

If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, consult with your dentist so that she/he can start treating you before things get worse.

Options

  • Sometimes, the position of the wisdom tooth would not be threatening and the level of damage can be controlled. In such cases, you can keep your wisdom teeth. Your dentist would simply clean around the area and would recommend maintaining good oral care. However, you have to visit the clinic regularly to make sure that they remain harmless. But as stated by Dr. Louis K. Rafetto of Wilmington, Del about 75% -80% of people cannot maintain their wisdom teeth properly.  Also, the retained teeth were extracted at least 70% of the time.
  • Also, it is possible to guide the partially developed tooth to a proper position with the use of palate-expanding orthodontic appliances.
  • But the safest option is to have wisdom teeth removal in Sydney. When the damage is severe or the positioning of the teeth is very bad, it might be your only way to deal with it. In certain cases, your dentist would recommend you to remove the wisdom teeth even before they are erupted to avoid any potential issues in the future. And the procedure would be much easier. If you are worried about wisdom teeth removal cost in Sydney, remember that you would have to pay more when the situation gets more serious, not to mention the pain and discomfort.

Procrastinating would only make hard things harder. So, contact your dentist immediately so that you can know even more about your options.

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