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The wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to arrive (usually between the ages of 18 and 24). Sometimes, as wisdom teeth come through, they can cause problems when they do not align properly or there is not enough space. These 'impacted' wisdom teeth may be growing sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. For most people impacted wisdom teeth cause no real problems, but some people can suffer issues such as the pressure on and movement of other teeth, a higher risk of tooth decay and higher risk of gum disease.
At this surgery, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anaesthesia or Intravenous sedation. These options will be discussed with you at your clinical assessment. As with any surgical procedure, the removal of wisdom teeth is not without its risks i.e. sensory nerve damage (tingling or numbness of the lower lip, chin, lower teeth and tongue on the side of the mouth the procedure is carried out).
Once the teeth have been removed and you are ready to go home you will be given postoperative instructions, a prescription for antibiotics (if necessary), and a follow-up appointment for suture removal.