WISDOM TEETH

Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are the last teeth on each side of the jaws and are also the last teeth to erupt. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth pose no risk at all. Unfortunately they are often out of normal place or do not have enough space to erupt into occlusion. Therefore wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they erupt. This usually happens in late teens or early 20s. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are stuck in the jaw and can’t erupt properly. Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure and should be done as soon as possible to avoid further complications. They can provide a place for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise. Some wisdom teeth are blocked by other teeth or there may be no room for them to push through the gum. This can irritate the gum, and cause considerable pain and swelling.Routine x-rays during a dental exam can reveal if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Soft impaction

If the wisdom tooth eruption is stalled halfway through the gum, this can make brushing and flossing a sensitive and painful experience:

  • Tooth crowding

  • Subsequent tooth decay

  • Infection and abscess

  • Gum disease

Treatment

In case of impacted wisdom teeth, an incision will be made around the problem area for removal. Once the gum ‘flap’ is opened, small portions of bone may need to be removed before the tooth is divided into small portions for extraction.
On removal, stitches are used to suture the gum and will dissolve eventually or need to be removed.
All out-patient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia right in our office, to maximise patient comfort and convenience. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilising modern equipment.