Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to grow. While most people have four, but some people grow fewer or even none at all. Wisdom teeth can grow at any time after the late teens. While many people grow these teeth without a problem, sometimes they can become impacted. This happens when they grow at an angle, pressing against the teeth in front or the bone behind.
This is something that we routinely check as part of your routine dental care, by taking appropriate x-rays. We can check whether they will cause any damage when they erupt.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Unfortunately it is quite common to develop problems when a wisdom tooth is partly erupted; infections with swelling and trismus (when you cannot open your mouth because of the infection) can be extremely painful and is usually a sign that something needs to be done.
What happens if I need my wisdom tooth extracted?
Using our CBCT scanner, we’ll fully assess your wisdom teeth. If the tooth is particularly deep and hard to get to, we will need to carry out lengthier oral surgery. We will always keep you in the loop about what treatment we’ll need to carry out to remove the problem wisdom tooth.
As with any type of oral surgery, we will make sure you are completely at ease. We talk through the treatment, explaining the steps and what we expect from the surgery.