Wisdom teeth is the name given to the set of molars that tend to erupt in the later teenage years, or in your early twenties.
Most people do not need to get their wisdom teeth removed. However, some patients might be suffering from impacted wisdom teeth, which is when they are trapped in your jawbone or gums and can be very painful.
Other reasons for removing the wisdom teeth are because they might be coming in at the wrong angle, or your jaw might not be big enough to house them comfortably. Cavities and gum disease are another reason why we might recommend their removal.
You will discuss the whole process with an oral surgeon so that you can properly plan and prepare for the surgery. This includes talking about any other health problems you may have, whether you’re on any medication, and discussing which anaesthetic you would prefer.
When the date for your surgery arrives, the treatment should only take around 45 minutes and you will be under anaesthetic the whole time. Once the surgery is over, your surgeon may place gauze pads in your mouth to absorb any blood.