Seeing the dentist

Wisdom tooth removal

If your wisdom teeth don’t come through properly, you may have to have them removed.

Most adults will have all 28 adult teeth when the wisdom teeth start to appear. Most people have four wisdom teeth, which grow at the back of your gums. These are the last teeth the come through. If there is not enough space for the tooth to erupt, it may become impacted.

An impacted wisdom tooth will usually be at an angle. If this is the case, the gum may become sore and swollen. Partially erupted teeth are also prone to tooth decay because of their position, making brushing and flossing difficult.

The extraction

Before having your wisdom tooth/teeth removed, you will be given an injection of local anaesthetic. The local anaesthetic will act as a numbing agent. If you are anxious about the procedure your dentist may give you a sedative to help you relax.

If the tooth is fully erupted the procedure is the same of that of a general tooth extraction. In some cases, a cut may be needed in a wisdom tooth that is underneath the gums and the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces before it’s removed.

After the removal of your tooth/teeth, you may feel some discomfort for the first three days. This can continue for two weeks.