Caring for the dental health of the Macarthur community
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By this time, there may not be much room for the “wisdoms” to fit into the remaining jaw space. They can become stuck (impacted) under the gum, or under the 2nd molars. It is a sensible precaution to arrange an X-ray of teenagers at about 16 years old to see how the “wisdoms” are developing. Most of this article
The possible options for “wisdom” teeth are as follows:
If the “wisdoms” can be reached by bacteria (as in 3. or 4.), then it is impossible to clean them completely. It is best to consider having them removed as soon as practicable before a gum infection occurs, or decay occurs in either the “wisdom” tooth or the adjacent second molar.
The method of extraction of the “wisdoms” may be done at the dental surgery under local anaesthetic (LA), or by an oral surgeon under intravenous sedation (IV) in his rooms, or by an oral surgeon under general anaesthetic (GA) in day surgery at a private hospital. Treatment can be sometimes arranged in a public hospital but the waiting period is usually at least 2 years.
The method for each patient depends upon a few factors and must be discussed individually:
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