Wisdom Tooth Infection Causes
They can get stuck or rise at awkward angles and may need to be removed to relieve the pressure on the existing teeth. These wisdom teeth are referred to as impacted.
This normally happens in late teens or early 20s but can happen at any time of adult life.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery Treatment
A dental X-ray will give a clear indication of the wisdom teeth position and the decision to remove them is made on their influence on adjacent teeth, the risk of infection around teeth that have partially emerged and the pain experienced by the patient.
Wisdom teeth can be removed at the dentist or by a consultant at hospital and most procedures are conducted with local anaesthesia. A cut may be needed to be made into the gum if the tooth is hidden and the process of freeing the tooth can take anything from a few minutes to half an hour depending on how it is sited.
In some cases, when multiple wisdom teeth are removed or a piece of jawbone is blocking a tooth then general anaesthesia will be used as the operation is more complex and can involve cutting the obstructive piece of bone.
Patients can normally return home after the surgery and use painkillers to help ease any swelling or bruising which should subside over the next few days. A follow-up appointment may be arranged for a week afterwards at which point any stitches needed are usually removed.