Most people today are advised to remove their wisdom teeth and to do so sooner rather than later, avoiding problems or pain to arise down the track. However you may be one of the lucky ones who do not require this treatment. It is important to consult one of our experienced practitioners to determine this based on your individual needs.
How are wisdom tooth removed?
The relative ease at which your dentist or oral surgeon can extract your wisdom teeth depends on the position of the impacted teeth. Your oral health care provider will be able to give you an idea of what to expect during your pre-extraction examination. A wisdom tooth that is fully erupted through the gum can be extracted as easily as any other tooth. However, a wisdom tooth that is underneath the gums and embedded in the jawbone will require an incision into the gums and then removal of the portion of bone that lies over the tooth. A consultation is required to determine what your wisdom teeth removal would involve.
Will I require surgery to remove wisdom teeth?
General dentists experienced in wisdom teeth removal can perform extractions in the chair. More difficult cases, such as impacted wisdom teeth, will require the wisdom teeth to be removed under oral surgery performed by a specialist oral surgeon and you may require a general anaesthetic. This will be discussed with you at your initial consultation. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.