Also referred to as the ‘third molars’, wisdom teeth come through behind your 12-year-old molars in the top and bottom jaws. Some people don’t have any problems with their wisdom teeth, while others experience pain, gum inflammation and discomfort.
Do you have to remove wisdom teeth?
It’s actually not necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, but some people’s jaws are too small to fit all 32 teeth. If this is the case, when wisdom teeth come through they may emerge on an angle and push against existing teeth causing pain and crowding.
Signs and symptoms
Some signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed:
- Inflammation of gums at the back of your mouth
- Pain at the tooth site
- Gum infection.
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, book an appointment at Health Partners Dental and our dentists will check if and how your wisdom teeth are erupting.
Wisdom teeth removal options
Our dentists will discuss the most suitable treatment option for you – this may either be removal in the dental chair under local anaesthetic or referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon which may involve general anaesthetic.
Recovery and pain relief
After having your wisdom teeth removed, you may experience a degree of swelling and tenderness – this is all a very normal part of the healing process which may take up to two weeks.
Prescribed or over-the-counter pain relief may be required for any discomfort – our dentists will advise exactly how to take care of your mouth post-surgery.