Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are not that smart

Impacted wisdom teeth are virtually impossible to keep clean and hence they become a problem for a lot of people, which potentially leads to pain, decay and gum disease around itself or the adjacent second molar tooth.

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Wisdom teeth (or third molars) are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth. If there is a lack of room for them, they will become wedged or “impacted”.

Indications for removal of wisdom teeth:

  • Recurrent pain in the area – this include infection of the overlying gum over the top of partly-erupted wisdom teeth or cheek biting
  • Decay of the wisdom tooth or adjacent 2nd molar
  • Gum disease around the wisdom tooth or adjacent 2nd molar
  • If we detect that the wisdom tooth does not have enough room to erupt properly
  • If the wisdom tooth is coming out in a poor position
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment

If impacted wisdom teeth are identified during our examination of the entire mouth, we may recommend removal of the wisdom teeth. Removal of wisdom teeth under local anaesthesia is a common procedure. If the impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to remove, we may refer you to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for extraction of these teeth.

 

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