Wisdom Teeth

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 January 2021

Wisdom Teeth


What are they?

Wisdom teeth are the last to appear, at the back of the mouth from late teens onwards. Most people have four wisdom teeth but some have less or even none.

Sometimes there is not enough room for them to grow as they are the last ones to grow. They usually come through at an angle pressing against the teeth in front or the bone behind.

What will my dentist do?

Watching how your teeth and jaws grow is part of your regular dental care. Do tell your dentist if you are suspicious of any problems.

  • X-rays can show can show where the wisdom teeth are in relation to the jaw and how much room there is to come through, as well as showing the damage they might be inflicting.
  • The x rays will also show how simple or difficult it may be to take a wisdom tooth out. The dentist might refer you to a specialist to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

Surrounding gums become inflamed and sore whilst the wisdom teeth are coming through. This is called 'pericoronitis'. It may settle down or come and go over a period of time. If you have had this then it would be advised to remove the wisdom tooth as it is likely to continue to cause trouble.

If you need a wisdom tooth removed, you should be able to fit it in between commitments. Sometimes all are done at once under general anaesthetic; however you may need two or three days off work.

What are the benefits of removing wisdom teeth?

  • If you have your wisdom teeth removed, there will be no more pain and infection.
  • It will stop any damage to the teeth in front.