Removal of wisdom tooth

Why do we remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth, as commonly known, is actually the third molar tooth. For most of us wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the mouth, usually erupted during the late teens or early 20's. For most of us wisdom teeth are either fully erupted, partially erupted or do not erupt at all. It is common to have some discomfort during eruption of wisdom teeth, epecially the lowers. The most common complaint is pain and swelling. This is normally followed by fever, difficulties in mouth opening, and of course eating. These will normally subside after a few days, however some will require a visit to the dentist or Oral Surgeons for cleaning and a course of antibiotics and painkillers.

Subsequently the teeth might require removal. Since most of wisdom teeth, mainly the lower, are impacted, removal means a minor oral surgical procedure.

It can be carried out under a local anaesthesia, or if you prefer general anaesthesia at a private hospital setting.

    The reasons why wisdom teeth have to be removed:

  • recurrent gum infection (pericoronitis)
  • decay (caries)
  • decay of the adjacent teeth
  • cyst developing around the unerupted teeth
  • other reasons deemed removal necessary (during consultation with Oral Surgeon)

Examples :

Close-up photo of infected gums around a partially-erupted third molar tooth

Untreated infection spreading to the cheek and neck

X-ray showing a carious wisdom tooth, and the second adjacent molar

Impacted third molar causing decay in the adjacent tooth

Cyst associated with the unerupted third molar