Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth are last set of teeth at the back of the mouth. They generally come into the mouth at around 18 -20 years of age. Sometimes, wisdom teeth do not erupt as:
- They do not have space in the mouth
- They have formed on an angle and are pushing onto the jaw bone (impacted wisdom teeth).
Impacted wisdom teeth can sometimes partially come through into the mouth but are unable to fully erupt. Food and bacteria get stuck around the gums of this tooth and can cause a lot of pain.
Removal of wisdom teeth is recommended if they are causing pain, difficult to clean, decaying and pushing onto the surrounding teeth.
Removal of wisdom teeth can be completed in chair under local anaesthesia with nitrous oxide (happy gas) or referred to a specialist (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) to be completed under general anaesthesia.