Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Why do they need to go?

Extracting teeth is viewed as a last resort in modern dentistry and usually only occurs as a result of chronic disease or trauma. One clear exception to this is the removal of our wisdom teeth, known dentally as our third molars.

Wisdom teeth usually don’t ‘erupt’ through the gums until we’re teenagers or in our twenties. They are usually the last teeth to come into our mouth. The majority of us have four wisdom teeth. Quite often, there is little space at the rear of the jaw for wisdom teeth to come easily through the gums. If the jaw does not have enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through, the tooth will become wedged or impacted.

Surgery isn’t always necessary

Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may cause severe problems.

The removal of a wisdom tooth is a common procedure and troublesome wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible before the problems get worse. An impacted wisdom tooth will start to push through the gum and an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful and the infection can cause bad breath. 

At Port Smiles, we offer a range of options to remove your teeth in a stress-free environment. Talk to our team to see what options are best for your dental problems. 
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