Questions Often Asked about Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the rear molars (back teeth) which usually come through around the late teens or early 20s. Sometimes they cause problems such as tooth decay and gum infections because there is not enough space for them, or because they are on an angle. Therefore, it is usually best to have problem wisdom teeth taken out sooner rather than later.

Sometimes, the wisdom tooth comes through at an angle and pushes into the gum or the tooth beside it. This is called impaction. A wisdom tooth on an angle can’t help with chewing, which makes it useless and sometimes painful.

Why do they need to be removed?

Sometimes, the wisdom tooth comes through at an angle and pushes into the gum or the tooth beside it. This is called impaction. A wisdom tooth on an angle can’t help with chewing, which makes it useless and sometimes painful.

  • infection of adjacent gum tissue
  • dental decay of adjacent teeth
  • crowding of front teeth
  • (In rare cases) cysts.

Will can I be asleep during the procedure?

At Studfield dental group we offer the lasted in sleep dentistry and general anaesthetic, this making your procedure the most comfortable. All the equipment you would find in a hospital is on site to ensure your safety throughout the procedure supervised at all times by our specialist anaesthetist.

Are there any risks?

As with all surgical procedures there are general and specific risks associated with removal of wisdom teeth. Your particular risks will be discussed in detail during your consultation with one of our highly experienced Dentists at Studfield Dental Group
After Care

Your oral health professional will talk with you about how to care for your mouth after having a wisdom tooth taken out. Some general suggestions include:

  • Take pain-relieving medication if needed (and on advice from your oral health professional)
  • Hold warm salty water in your mouth. Do this after meals and no earlier than 24 hours after surgery.
  • Eat soft, easy-to-chew foods for the next few days.
  • Don’t smoke for 48 hours after the surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol.