Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws that are the last to erupt into the gum-line. In some cases these wisdom teeth can erupt without any complications however it is quite common for there to be insufficient space in the jaws to allow wisdom teeth to take their correct position, and consequently they remain partly or completely below the surface of the gum, commonly referred to as being ‘impacted’.

One of the most common problems associated when they only partly erupt is infection of the overlying gum. There is often a pocket between the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front that is difficult to keep clean causing decay and often infection of the gum tissue in that area. Another problem of impacted wisdom teeth is that pressure from the developing wisdom teeth can also cause the front teeth to become overcrowded as there is not enough room for the tooth to push through. The removal of wisdom teeth is often recommended so pain, infection or other problems can be prevented.

The removal of impacted wisdom teeth involves a minor surgical operation. Uncomplicated wisdom tooth surgery may be carried out under local anaesthesia at our practice, an alternative is oral or intravenous sedation via local anaesthetic which is safely administered by our qualified onsite anaesthetist. In some cases it is more appropriate for the patient to have a full general anaesthetic, which would be undertaken as day surgery.

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If you would like more information on wisdom teeth removal, please contact the friendly staff at Baldivis Family Dental Care.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.