Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last to appear, at the back of the mouth, usually in the early twenties. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, though many have fewer or none at all.

Frequently there isn’t room for them with the result that they develop at an angle, pressing into the teeth in front or into the bone behind. As wisdom teeth are coming through, the surrounding gum sometimes becomes inflamed and sore. This is called ‘pericoronitis’. This may settle down or come and go.

It is usually better to remove a wisdom tooth if you have repeated bouts of ‘pericoronitis’. Occasionally this infection can be very serious requiring hospitalisation. In addition, wisdom teeth can lead to decay in adjacent teeth requiring removal of the wisdom teeth.</>

What will the Dentist do?

The dentist will usually take a full mouth x-ray to see where the wisdom teeth are in the jaw, as well as to see how simple or difficult it may be to remove. He will pay particular attention to any surrounding structures such as sinus (upper teeth), or nerves (lower teeth). Sometimes nerves can be damaged when lower wisdom teeth are removed which may lead to numbness in part of the tongue or lower jaw, but this is usually temporary and will recover.

Most wisdom teeth are removed with local anesthetic in the dental practice, but in rare cases or in those requiring general anesthetic hospitalisation may be considered. Depending on your job, you may need to take 2 or 3 days off work to recover from your wisdom tooth extraction. Your dentist will provide you with painkillers and antibiotics, as necessary, and we are available for contact by phone.