Do they always need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through and usually emerge in the late teens to early twenties.

Most people will have four wisdom teeth (often called third molars), however some people may only have one, two or three, while some people have no wisdom teeth.

If there is enough space and wisdom teeth come through straight like all other teeth they will generally cause no problems.

Often there is little space at the rear of the jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth leading to the tooth becoming wedged or “impacted”. Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. At other times impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe oral health problems, pain and push other teeth out of their correct alignment. There it’s best to have them removed before complications occur.

Removal of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure and should be done as soon as potential problems are identified.

If your wisdom teeth are likely to be difficult or complicated to remove, our dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, someone specially trained in surgery of the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws.

At The Art of Dentistry Dr Gleeson has many years of experience removing wisdom teeth and can complete this procedure either in the chair under local anaesthetic or at Hospital under General Anaesthesia.