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Impacted wisdom teeth
For many people, wisdom teeth are unable
to move from under the gums and into the
mouth as the rest of the teeth do. Most
people do not have enough space in their
jaws for wisdom teeth to easily push through
the gums. If there is not enough space, the
wisdom tooth will become impacted.
This means they are either stuck under the
gum or may have been able to only partially
break through the gum and a small portion
of the tooth can be seen in the mouth.
Removing wisdom teeth
There are several reasons why wisdom
teeth may be removed.
The teeth are impacted.
They are at risk of developing tooth
decay or gum disease.
The gum around the wisdom tooth
becomes infected multiple times.
They may be affected by a cyst or
A wisdom tooth may be sitting at an angle
that is causing it to bump into the tooth in
front which stops it from moving into the
Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth
can include infection, pain, cysts, ulcers,
food can become stuck and tooth decay can
develop on the wisdom tooth or the tooth in
front that the wisdom tooth is butting into.
If impacted wisdom teeth are causing
problems, your dentist may recommend
Wisdom teeth can be removed by your
general dentist or a dental specialist, such
as an oral surgeon or a maxillofacial
surgeon. The teeth can be removed in the
dental chair or within a hospital.
Wisdom teeth may be removed under local
anaesthesia. The anaesthetic is provided in
a similar way to when a dentist makes a
tooth numb for a filling.
Other types of anesthetic include local
anesthetic in combination with conscious
sedation, or general anaesthesia.