Wisdom teeth are rear molars that erupt last, usually around the late teens or early 20s. There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
Wisdom teeth can cause various dental problems. Sometimes it will be recommended that problematic and painful wisdom teeth be removed.

Common problems of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth infection – In some cases, there may not be enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth. This can make brushing and flossing these teeth very difficult. Food and bacteria will build up between the wisdom tooth and its neighbouring molar, therefore decay and gum infections are more likely.
The symptoms of an infection caused by a wisdom tooth include:
•    reddened, inflamed gum alongside the wisdom tooth
•    swelling
•    pain
•    fever
•    infection coming from the gum line
•    sore lymph glands under the jaw
•    difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
Infections caused by wisdom teeth can be treated, but the infection will keep coming back unless the teeth are removed. People with pre-existing health problems and compromised immunity can suffer serious complications from these infections.
If you think you may have an infection relating to a wisdom tooth, just give us a call and we can arrange an appointment with one of our dentists.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction, where required, is best performed sooner rather than later.
Using x-rays, our dentists can determine which wisdom teeth need to be removed. Sometimes, a person may need all of the wisdom teeth extracted. The operation may be performed in our clinic using local anaesthetic or we do also offer the option of having treatment done under a general anaesthetic, depending on the complexity of the extraction.