Most people have four wisdom teeth which develop behind their second molars, however some people may have more and some lucky individuals may have none at all! Wisdom teeth get their name because they typically erupt between 17 and 25 years old when a person is more “wise” than when their other teeth come through as a child
In a large proportion of people, there is not enough space in the jaw to allow wisdom teeth to erupt correctly meaning they may not come through the gum completely or come in at angles against the teeth in front or bone of the jaw (impacted). This can create pockets that trap food and debris and may be difficult to clean and maintain properly. This often leads to gum infections, decay, pain, swelling and damage to other teeth. More seriously, infections and swelling from wisdom teeth, particularly in the lower jaw can spread to other areas compromising the airway or spreading down into the neck and torso.
Because of this, our dentists may recommend extraction of wisdom teeth when problems occur, or, if there is risk of damage to other teeth, before problems occur.
Each case is different and while some wisdom teeth can be removed with conventional methods, often minor surgery is required to remove them.
Reasons for surgical removal are:
Our dental surgeons and team are highly experienced and trained and our rooms are fully equipped to safely and comfortably undertake complex surgical extractions to minimise the risks and complications which may occur.