Surgical Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth found in the upper and lower jaws. In some cases, there is sufficient room for these to come through the gum (erupt) normally. In many people however, there is insufficient room for this and they can be trapped behind the second molar teeth (impacted). When the wisdom teeth come through part way (partially erupted) and get stuck, they can cause recurring infections and severe pain. In these cases, removal of the wisdom teeth can be performed either under a local or general anesthetic. The choice depends on the severity of the impaction, number of teeth involved and the patient’s preference.