Wisdom teeth are renowned for causing problems as they are the last teeth to come through, generally from the late teens into the twenties. By this stage the jaw is fully formed and all the rest of the adult teeth are well established, leaving little room for newcomers. As a result, wisdom teeth can become impacted (stuck against other teeth) when they are erupting or will grow in an odd direction e.g. sideways. Both of these situations can lead to pain and infection as well as damage to the nearby teeth which is why it’s not uncommon for wisdom teeth to be extracted.
Impacted wisdom teeth can causes pain, but if you are a regular patient of Redcliffe Dental then we will have been keeping a close eye on your wisdom teeth and will be able to tell you if they need extracting, well before they cause discomfort. We only recommend their removal if absolutely necessary.
We can remove your wisdom teeth at any age, but it is generally easier to have them out when you are younger for better healing and before they have time to fuse with the jawbone.
We can carry out straightforward wisdom teeth removals under local anaesthetic, but if you need all four removing or if they are quite impacted, then we may suggest you have additional sedation just to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. Some discomfort is expected after wisdom teeth removal and our dentist will give you care instructions after your procedure. Healing is generally very uneventful but we are always here to answer any queries you may have.
For very difficult cases we may refer you to a well reputed, trusted oral surgeon.