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Wisdom Teeth

Advice on how to manage wisdom teeth.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth appear at the back of your mouth, and will generally emerge around your late teens to mid-twenties. It is a common issue for there to be insufficient space for wisdom teeth to ‘erupt’ through the gum tissue.

This may lead to partially erupted or trapped teeth that become ‘impacted’ and are difficult to manage and clean. Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to various problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, or infection if they are not appropriately treated.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth that do not cause problems may be safely left where they are. However, wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are creating pain, swelling, or overcrowding of the mouth.

Our dentists can assess your wisdom teeth and provide you with the best advice on how to care for your mouth.

Will removal be painful?

Northwest Dental has the knowledge and skillset to ensure that routine extractions are as painless as possible. In some cases, wisdom teeth will need to be surgically removed.

After tooth extraction, most people will feel some tenderness of the jaw; however, these symptoms will pass when the mouth has healed from the procedure.

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