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Many people in their early twenties or late teens have their wisdom teeth removed, but not everyone has to have these teeth pulled out. While dentists usually have conflicting views regarding this, it’s always best to consult with a professional if you think you need to get rid of these teeth.
While dental surgery sounds quite scary, wisdom teeth extraction could usually be a better experience than not doing it in terms of the pain related to problems with these teeth. However, many people don't experience any problem when a wisdom tooth emerges but, in spite of this, most dentists will recommend wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 (supposedly heralding our growing wisdom), and they nestle right at the back of the mouth, behind the second molars. You may be surprised to hear that not everyone has them, although this probably does not indicate these people are not wise!
There are several reasons why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, including tooth decay that cannot be treated, abscessing around the wisdom tooth, infection of the gum flap overlying the partially erupted wisdom tooth, infection of the bone, or cysts or tumours involving the wisdom tooth.
If you are worried about or are having problems with your wisdom teeth you should book in to Milford Dentists for a wisdom tooth assessment. In particular Tristan has a great deal of experience in wisdom tooth problems and wisdom tooth removal, having worked for several years in the oral surgery department of the largest hospital in Manchester.
To prevent cavities and infection, extra care needs to be taken of wisdom teeth that are not fully erupted, and you must remember to floss between all of your teeth, and especially between the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front of it. You should also ensure that your brush reaches all the way to the back when brushing your teeth.
For more information on caring for your wisdom teeth, and the results of wisdom tooth extraction, please go to http://www.milforddentists.co.nz, and to learn more about wisdom teeth removal, dentures and tooth whitening please go to www.milforddentists.co.nz .