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It’s wise to be informed

Sometimes called the ‘third molar’, wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 24. Problems with wisdom teeth arise when there is simply not enough space for them to come through into the mouth causing them to become blocked or ‘impacted’.

Our dentists wouldn’t recommend removing a wisdom tooth unless it is impacted or presents other complications. In most cases where it does need to come out, extraction is straightforward and can be managed using local anaesthetic.

If factors such as the tooth’s size, shape and position make extraction more difficult, we may refer patients to a specialist oral surgeon who is skilled in dealing with more complex cases.

Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth

More serious symptoms include swollen glands under the chin, swelling of the face and jaw, muscle spasms in the jaw and fever. If any of these symptoms appear, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

The importance of regular check-ups

It’s possible to have an impacted wisdom tooth without even knowing it. If left undetected, it can cause problems with otherwise healthy teeth.

The second molar is particularly vulnerable. It just happens to be the hardest tooth to reach when brushing and flossing and the most at risk of complication from an impacted wisdom tooth.

Regular dental check-ups will identify any problems early so they can be addressed with a minimum of fuss and cost.

Experiencing symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth?

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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