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Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the very last teeth to come through at the back of your mouth and generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 24.
If there is enough space and wisdom teeth come through straight they cause no problems. In many cases there is not enough space at the rear of the mouth/jaws for wisdom teeth to fully erupt which causes them to become blocked or ‘impacted’.
We at Normanhurst Dental wouldn’t recommend removing a wisdom tooth unless it is impacted or presents other complications.
Removal of a wisdom tooth is a very common procedure and should be done as soon as possible before the problems develop. In most cases where it does need to come out, extraction is straightforward and can be managed using local anaesthetic.
If you’re at all concerned please make an appointment to come and discuss any issues you may have, or simply for further information.
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.