Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of the mouth upper and lower jaws. As the final teeth to erupt, they generally emerge throughout the late teens to early twenties. In many cases wisdom teeth will erupt without any complications; however problems can occur when the teeth become impacted or only partially erupt.

Impacted wisdom teeth are caused when there is insufficient room for the wisdom teeth to erupt, forcing them to grow into other teeth or the surrounding bone. This can result in crowding, pain and even a misaligned or damaged jaw. The other problem occurs when the teeth partially erupt. This results in a small tissue of gum being exposed, leaving it vulnerable to painful and recurrent infection.

It is generally advised that these teeth be removed to prevent further problems. This process involves a minor surgical operation which can often be carried out under local anaesthetic, at our practice. However, for more complex procedures, or particularly anxious patients, this can be done under general anaesthetic at the local hospital.

If you are experiencing pain from your wisdom teeth or wish to arrange an assessment, contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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