Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the adult dentition. This eruption commonly takes place between 17-25 years of age.
Often, they are impacted due to insufficient space in the jaw to accommodate them. This occurs more frequently in the lower jaw.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection of the gums and bone, and this necessitates their removal surgically. The gums around the impacted tooth may swell up, and sometimes there may be pus. Often it is difficulty to bite down and chewing becomes very painful.
Wisdom tooth surgery can either be done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. Surgical remove of an impacted wisdom tooth is usually done under local anaesthesia, while sedation or general anaesthesia is often indicated if multiple impacted wisdom teeth needs to be removed at the same time.