What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, which usually happens when you are between 16 and 23 years of age. When there is insufficient gum space for normal eruption, these teeth become “impacted” – that is, they remain below the gum line, or not quite clear of it, because they cannot fully emerge.
Why do they need to be removed?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause:
- infection of adjacent gum tissue
- dental decay of adjacent teeth
- crowding of front teeth
- (in rare cases) cysts.
When should they be removed?
It is well documented that removal of wisdom teeth in young adults (below the age of 25) is associated with less after-operation pain and swelling than in older adults. Therefore, if it is determined that your wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems, your dentist will usually recommend that you have them removed earlier rather than later.
Will I be awake or asleep during the procedure?
This will always be your choice, although recommendations will be made during your consultation appointment and your options will be assessed.
Are there any risks?
As with all surgical procedures there are general and specific risks associated with removal of wisdom teeth. Your particular risks will be discussed in detail during the consultation