The Getting Of Wisdom (Teeth)- A Brief Guide For 16-25 Year Olds
Wisdom Teeth. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Of all the teeth in your head, wisdom teeth most often cause anxiety for young people in Canberra and around the world. The very thought of them might even be enough to make you nervous.
But how do you know if you have wisdom teeth? Are yours likely to give you any trouble? Will you need to have them taken out? What’s that going to be like?
It’s when questions like these run through your head that you’re most likely to turn to the internet for answers.
Professor Google has all manner of facts and figures about wisdom teeth available. Be careful though! Some information that’s found online is complete and utter rubbish.
It’s important to know the facts when you need to make decisions about your health. The best source of accurate information about your wisdom teeth is your dental team. We’d encourage you to make a time to discuss your wisdom teeth with your dentist. They will examine your teeth, take some x-rays and make recommendations that most suit your needs.
However, if online research is your thing, we’ve got three things to help you out.
First, below we’ve put together a list of trusted resources for you. You can surf your way through these articles, knowing that they have been written by experts. You won’t find any wisdom tooth mythology in these pages!
Second, we’ll be publishing our own series of useful articles about wisdom teeth over the next few weeks. The list of articles is below.
Third, you can pick up the phone right now and call us to make an appointment. We’ve got three locations, so choose the one that’s most convenient to you:
Woden (6282 2605)
Brindabella Business Park (Canberra Airport) (6257 0393)
Deakin (6281 4666)
Great Articles About Wisdom Teeth
This fact sheet was developed for Dental Health Week 2007 by the Australian Dental Association. You can download the PDF by clicking File–> Save As on a Mac and Right-click “Save As” on a PC.
This web page from Bupa provides an overview of wisdom teeth—what they are, preparing for wisdom teeth removal, what to do during your recovery period, risks and complications of removing wisdom teeth and more.
You may have heard the term “impacted wisdom tooth”. What is this and what needs to be done about it? Watch the British Dental Health Foundation’s feature video or read more about wisdom teeth here.
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth. Watch this video about wisdom teeth by the American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy website:
Or read the feature article here.
This website by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provides a wealth of information about wisdom teeth. Watch the five-minute video or download the three-page e-book here.
This downloadable PDF by the BAOS explains why wisdom teeth may need to be removed, what is involved, and the associated potential risks or complications.