Wisdom teeth (also called “third molars”) are usually the last teeth to come through the gums and often do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens, twenties or even older.

Most people have four wisdom teeth, some have one, two or three and some people have no wisdom teeth.

Often there is little space at the rear of the jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth leading to the tooth becoming wedged or “impacted”. Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may cause severe problems and must be removed before causing complications in other areas of the mouth.

Removal of a wisdom tooth is a very common procedure and should be done as soon as possible before the problems get worse. If your wisdom teeth are likely to be difficult or complicated to remove, our dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, someone specially trained in surgery of the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws.

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