Wisdom teeth are the third molars and the teeth that grow in the back corners of the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner, although it is possible to have more or less.

Typically wisdom teeth come in during a person’s late teens or early twenties, and this can cause a problem because all the other adult teeth are in place and there may not be enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow properly.  If there is not enough space, the wisdom teeth can become what’s known as impacted, which can mean the tooth poking through the gum at an angle, can’t break through the gums at all, grows horizontally or grows away from the tooth beside it and gets lodged in that position.

Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed; even those that are impacted do not necessarily need to come out. It is possible, however, for impacted wisdom teeth to cause dental problems, partially because food and bacteria can get caught around the tooth and cause a plaque build up, which in turn can lead to tooth decay, gum disease or infection.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a simple and common procedure. Although general anaesthetic can be used it is not always needed, and local anaesthetic can be used most of the time. The extraction of wisdom teeth simply involves numbing the area and having the tooth pulled. If the tooth is beneath the gum then a small incision will be made to pull the tooth through, but thanks to the anaesthetic you will not feel a thing.

If you are experiencing discomfort with your wisdom teeth then book an appointment, and remember that discomfort does not mean they will have to be removed – it could just be slight teething discomfort. Whether you need your wisdom teeth extracted or not, you can trust us at Anderson Dental to look after your every need and make you feel great again.

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