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Surgical Removal of Wisdom Teeth

Adults can have a maximum of 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through (erupt) at the back of the mouth, usually between the ages of 18 and 22, although sometimes they appear many years later. If there is sufficient room for the wisdom teeth in back of the mouth, they can satisfactorily stay there. However, if there is not enough room and they remain partly through the gum, they can be difficult to clean. This can lead to problems with infection, causing pain and swelling especially in the lower jaw.

Infection around a lower wisdom tooth is often brought on by the upper wisdom tooth biting on the gum over a partially erupted lower tooth. In this case, the dental surgeon may recommend removing the upper tooth to cure the symptoms of pain and swelling. Removing an upper wisdom tooth is often very straightforward and can be accomplished in a few minutes with a little local anesthetic in the dental chair.

Is it usually recommended to allow for some time off work, usually one or two of days depending on how complicated the procedure has been. Your mouth will be uncomfortable and sore after surgery and mild painkillers such as ibuprofen is recommended.

Surgical Removal of Wisdom Tooth

This video explains a scenario where a wisdom tooth is partly erupted and as a result the surrounding gum is infected. The tooth is surgically removed to relieve pain in the area.

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