Your wisdom teeth are the four located right at the back of your mouth and they are the last of your teeth to come through, usually when you are in your late teens or early twenties. By this time, as all your other teeth will be in place, there may not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow through properly. This means they may start to emerge at an angle, get stuck against the tooth in front or only partially emerge. When this happens the impacted teeth can become infected, resulting in discomfort or pain.
How we remove wisdom teeth
We will take an x-ray to check how the wisdom teeth are positioned and decide whether they will need to be extracted. We will numb the area and, if the tooth is yet to come through, we will make a small incision in the gum.
Good to know
After you have had wisdom teeth extracted, you will need to follow a few guidelines to ensure effective healing. These will include not disturbing the site of extraction by sticking to soft foods and eating on the other side of your mouth. You can also keep the area clean by rinsing gently with warm, salty water.