In most cases our wisdom teeth appear uneventfully between the ages of 17 and 24 but they can come through much later than this. Occasionally they can cause problems and may need removing. Our consultant oral surgeons can offer you advice and support throughout every stage of your dental treatment.
Problems with wisdom teeth
Problems can sometimes develop with wisdom teeth, most commonly if they do not have enough space to come in evenly at the back of your mouth.
This can lead to pain, swelling or infection.
Problems that can be caused by poorly positioned wisdom teeth include:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- recurring mouth infections
- abscesses in gums
Such problems may result in needing to have your wisdom teeth removed, a procedure that can be performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. Each case is considered on an individual basis.
Wisdom teeth removal procedure
Your dedicated dentist or oral surgeon will discuss what happens before, during and after your wisdom teeth removal procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Your dentist will discuss the whole procedure with you, including whether it needs to take place under local or general anaesthetic.
For further information on wisdom teeth and the removal procedure, please see our wisdom teeth removal information page.
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