What are Wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the back molars that surface last, sometime around the late teens or early 20s. They help with breaking down food but if taken out, normal digestion still takes place.
What are impacted teeth?
It is common to have problems with wisdom teeth. Often times the teeth can become impacted, which means coming out at an angle underneath the teeth in front.
Impacted wisdom teeth will not grow into a position that allows them to be functional teeth.
What problems can impacted teeth cause?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause gum infection, swelling, pain, fever and decay on the tooth in front. The best treatment in many cases is to have the teeth removed.
Simple cases may be treated under local anesthetic in our treatment room. With a quick check, the dentist will be able to see if the removal can be done at the practice or best done by an oral surgeon.