Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth and usually don’t peer through the gum until adolescence.
Usually by this time the majority of adult teeth have stabilised and formed their position, thus there is little room for further teeth to emerge.
If the wisdom teeth edge through, and become stalled halfway through the gum, this can make brushing and flossing a sensitive and painful experience.
In case of impacted wisdom teeth, an incision will be made around the problem area for removal. Once the gum ‘flap’ is opened, small portions of bone may need to be removed before the tooth is divided into small portions for extraction.
On removal, stiches are used to suture the gum and will dissolve eventually or need to be removed.
Depending on the severity of the procedure, a local or general anaesthetic will be offered.
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