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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth (also called Third Molars) are the very back teeth on the upper and lower jaw.

Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?

Not all wisdom teeth cause problems. An increasing number of people are finding their jaws are not large enough to allow the wisdom teeth to take their correct place. This makes cleaning very difficult.

What problems do they cause?

Pain is a common problem caused by wisdom teeth. It can start as a dull ache at the back of the mouth. An x-ray (radiograph) may be required to assist the diagnosis. We generally take an OPG xray which is an x-ray that shows us an all round picture of both jaws and all the teeth. This is done here at Southside Dental Options.

Another common problem is infection in the overlying gum, if only part of the wisdom tooth has come through food and plaque debris can get caught under the gum and cause it to swell.

Often, removal of wisdom teeth can be complex and therefore we would refer you to a specialist Oral Surgeon for removal of the teeth under IV sedation or General Anaesthetic.