Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to emerge, usually from around 15 to 20 years of age, however this can vary between individuals.
Sometimes as the wisdom teeth emerge a small infection can occur in the gum immediately surrounding the tooth. This infection is called ‘pericoronitis’ and is a result of plaque and bacteria becoming trapped between the tooth and the surrounding gum.
If the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to erupt, or if the infection is a constant occurrence, removal of the problem teeth may be the best solution.
The method used for extraction varies for each tooth and person. Some teeth can be simply removed under local anaesthesia like any other extraction. Impacted (trapped) teeth will often require a minor surgical procedure to lift the tooth out of the surrounding bone and gum. Surgery may be performed under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.
Speak to your Dental Excellence dentist at your next scheduled appointment, to discuss the options available for wisdom tooth extraction.