melville dental care

               248 Melville Road
Pascoe Vale South 3044
phone 9354 9714



Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars which usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24.  If there is ample room for the wisdom teeth they will come through normally. Sometimes not all 4 are present or they may not come through properly.

Often wisdom teeth come through at an angle and in other cases they may not erupt at all if they are growing in the wrong direction. 

To help diagnose the presence and/or problems with wisdom teeth a special x-ray called an OPG (Orthopantogram) is often taken.  This x-ray shows the lower half of the skull – the jaws, teeth and sinus.

This x-ray will show how the wisdom teeth are growing and erupting and where the facial nerves are near them.

Often the best way to treat wisdom teeth that have not come through properly is to take them out.  This is especially so if they have become infected.

Depending on how the teeth are positioned in the jaw, the extraction can be simple and straight forward.  In the case of some impacted teeth, a surgical approach may be required.

If your dentist feels that the extraction may not be simple, they may refer you to a specialist – Oral Surgeon – to have the extractions.

The dentist will also assess if there is a risk of facial nerve damage, especially with lower wisdom teeth.  In that case, the Maxillofacial Oral Surgeon is the best option for the extraction.

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