Oral Surgery and Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a common cause of dental pain and often require removal to prevent infection and decay. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or grow properly. Some wisdom teeth require minor surgery to assist in removal. If you are having problems with your wisdom teeth, we can help to get you out of pain quickly first, and then arrange to remove them. We have a digital panoramic x-ray machine that makes diagnosis of problematic wisdom teeth quick and easy.

This is an example of a panoramic x-ray taken at our practice. The four impacted wisdom teeth are highlighted:

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

When your wisdom teeth align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary when your wisdom teeth cannot grow properly into your mouth. Sometimes they grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum or even remain trapped (impacted) beneath the gum and bone. Partially erupted wisdom teeth attract bacteria and food and can cause infections of the gum and problems with the adjacent teeth.

What's involved in removing wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth extraction procedures vary significantly and depend on the position of your wisdom teeth and the difficulty of extraction. We recommend a consultation so we can discuss your individual case and discuss your options and the approximate fees.

For deeply impacted wisdom teeth or those with medical insurance, a referral to a specialist Oral Surgeon is sometimes required. We can also arrange this for you at the time of your consultation.

We understand that the prospect of wisdom tooth removal is overwhelming and scary for some. Our aim is to make the whole procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Please feel free to discuss with us any concerns you may have about removal of your wisdom teeth.