Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth eventually emerge at the back of the mouth for everybody. The majority of times the wisdom teeth will emerge without any problems. Occasionally though, complications do arise as the wisdom teeth emerge causing considerable discomfort and pain. The most common complication, known as impacted wisdom teeth, occurs when the wisdom teeth emerge at an angle and grow into the tooth next door. This places a lot of pressure on the adjacent tooth and can also lead to crowding of the teeth. The other common problem occurs when wisdom teeth stop growing while only partially emerged from the gum. Consequently a flap of gum tissue partially covers the tooth. Bacteria easily breed within this flap making it prone to painful, recurrent infections.
It is best to remove wisdom teeth if any of these complications occur to prevent crowding of the teeth, pain, discomfort and infection. The removal of the wisdom teeth is a straight forward process. It can be done one tooth at a time under local anaesthetic in the dental practice or all four at once (if required) under a general anaesthetic in your local hospital.