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Wisdom Tooth Removal

Are you experiencing on-and-off discomfort near the back of your mouth? It could be that your wisdom teeth are starting to come in. If you’re in pain, we’ll take an X-ray to check the development and position of your third molars.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Come In?

Third molars are the last set of permanent teeth to develop. They start forming in late childhood, usually making an appearance by the late teen years. However, it’s not uncommon for them to continue developing well into a person’s mid-20s. By age 30, most people’s wisdom teeth are completely developed.

Providing an Evaluation With X-rays

Illustration of wisdom teethUsually, we can predict whether wisdom teeth will be a problem by evaluating your X-rays. If there’s a lack of space or they’re turned at an angle, your third molars are at a much higher risk of causing complications like:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Pain
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Whether you choose to have your wisdom teeth extracted or wait until there are noticeable problems, we take the most conservative approach possible at Whites Dental Care. It’s our mission to always make sure you’re aware of what’s actively going on behind your smile, what could happen and what we’re just not able to predict. Some people choose to wait several years until their wisdom teeth start to cause problems before they get them removed.

Biologically speaking, our diets are quite different than they were earlier in history. When we used to eat harder foods and cook less, humans ground their teeth down more quickly. But today our diets are softer, so we don’t see as much enamel wear. As a result, we don’t have the room for our third molars to come in and be functional.

Wisdom teeth extractions are a bit more involved than a usual tooth removal. Although the area is completely anesthetised with local anaesthetic, you’ll still feel quite a bit of pressure, vibration and hear possible noises that make you feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, we offer happy gas (nitrous oxide) or stronger sedatives to help you relax. When you feel comfortable, we’re able to work more efficiently.

Deeper sedatives can even make it so that the last thing you remember about your appointment is the sedation specialist administering your medication.

Keep in mind that sedatives do take some time to wear off, so you’ll want to have someone drive you to and from your appointment until the drowsiness subsides.

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Think you need a wisdom tooth removal at Neutral Bay? Request a consultation for yourself or your teen today.
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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Wisdom Teeth Removal Neutral Bay NSW | (02) 9908 7889