Wisdom teeth are usually the very last teeth to erupt right at the back of your mouth. Human jaws are often too small for all 32 natural teeth to erupt so, as the last ones to arrive, the wisdom teeth often get stuck partially erupted or to erupt in a poor position. When this happens, food can get trapped between the erupting wisdom tooth and its neighbor leading to decay, or infection can establish below the gum that lies over the partially erupted wisdom tooth.
If it becomes clear that the wisdom teeth will not erupt to a good position, or if there is evidence of decay staring on neighbouring teeth it is wise to consider wisdom tooth extraction. Our dentists can assess your situation and advise on whether it is likely that your tooth will erupt to a good position given time, or whether wisdom tooth removal would be a better option.
Many people worry about this procedure but in many cases it is more straight forwards that you might expect.
For more challenging situations our specialist oral surgeon can obtain detailed 3d x rays if necessary and provide wisdom tooth removal under sedation. Many patients have told us that sedation for an extraction, makes the process a lot less stressful. You remain conscious throughout but usually remember very little of the procedure.
Our clinics for wisdom tooth removal and other oral surgery run every second fortnight and we are usually able to provide an initial consultation within 2-3 weeks. You can request a consultation appointment with our oral surgeon using the form on this page.