Wisdom Teeth Surgery

What are wisdom teeth?

  • Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to come into the mouth, around ages 17 to 21.

  • Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to appear in the mouth, expected to emerge between the ages 17 to 21. These teeth are in the very back of your mouth, making up the total set of 32 teeth. It is normal to have less than four or even none at all.

  • If you’re curious how many wisdom teeth you have, a dental x-ray can actually reveal whether you have them or not. Your dentist can also analyse your overall oral condition through the x-ray.

What Issue can Wisdom Teeth Cause?

1️⃣ Partially Erupted Wisdom Tooth

  • It allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause infection, which can result in swelling and pain.

  • More prone to tooth decay and gum disease due to their hard-to-reach location which make brushing and flossing difficult.

2️⃣ Misaligned Wisdom Teeth

  • Wisdom teeth can be misaligned, they can be positioned horizontally, be angled toward or away from the other teeth, or be angled inward or outward.

  • Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.

3️⃣ Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Wisdom teeth can also be impacted, which is when they are enclosed within the soft tissue or only partially erupt through the gum.

  • It may cause no immediate or visible problems. However, it should be removed if it is causing pain and damage to other teeth.

Is Wisdom Tooth Surgery Painful?

  • No pain should be felt during the procedure because the dentist will give a local anaesthetic injection to the area where the tooth will be removed. If you do feel pain or discomfort during the procedure, tell your dentist so they can give you more anaesthetic.

  • You may feel some pressure when the dentist is removing your wisdom tooth, as to widen the tooth socket by moving the tooth back and forth.

  • Take pain medications as prescribed after the surgery to minimize discomfort after the surgery.