Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are your last teeth to emerge in your mouth. This generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25.

Problems with wisdom teeth occur when there isn’t enough room in your jaw for wisdom teeth to erupt without “impacting” on your surrounding teeth, hence the term “impacted wisdom teeth“.

Wisdom teeth can become partially impacted which means only some of the tooth has emerged or broken though the gum.

Partial and fully impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and swelling. They can also damage the adjacent teeth and their roots. Another problem that may occur is the formation of a cyst, which in turn can result in bone and tissue damage.

Wisdom teeth do not always cause problems and not all problems are painful. Some people may be unaware their wisdom teeth are impacted. It is impossible to predict if or when impacted wisdom teeth will cause problems. However it is estimated that over 80% of wisdom teeth will require removal.

The general consensus regarding wisdom teeth extraction is the earlier the better. Removing wisdom teeth in the late teens or early twenties is considered easier than waiting until later in life. Delaying extraction can mean a much more difficult process, longer healing time and it may also be a catalyst for the development of periodontal disease (gum disease).

Wisdom teeth may be extracted at our practice under a local anaesthetic or you may require day surgery in hospital under a general anaesthetic. The choice will depend on a number of factors including the position of the tooth/teeth.

Our team is here to help you. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have about wisdom teeth and their removal.