Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to appear, usually after age 17 or 18. For many people, these teeth come in with no issue, but not everyone is so fortunate. Other patients experience pain and swelling in their jaw, or begin to have trouble with their neighbouring teeth.
The trouble comes when the emerging molars don’t have room to come through. The teeth can then become impacted, or stuck in the jaw, unable to move, causing pain and swelling or pushing on neighbouring teeth. Others may come in partially or affect the teeth next to them. In these cases, we will recommend removal.
Performed under anaesthesia, the extraction is done by cutting through the gums and removing the impacted molars. When you awaken, you may experience some localized pain and swelling, and you will need to follow strict instructions for a few days to make certain your stitches heal and no infection is introduced. However, most people recover easily with no issues.
If wisdom tooth extraction is required we will refer you to an oral surgeon.