Oral Surgery/Wisdom Teeth
Extraction of teeth is always a last resort in dentistry as teeth provide important functions of chewing and speech. Unfortunately due to decay, trauma or gum disease some teeth require removal to control pain and infection. An extraction will leave a gap which may cause other teeth to shift or move into the gap. It is important that if a tooth is lost that we also think about tooth replacement.
Wisdom teeth are positioned at the back of the mouth and are the last teeth to erupt. Wisdom teeth may need to be removed for a number of reasons, particularly infection causing pain. Referral to a specialist maxillofacial surgeon is sometimes required to remove wisdom teeth. This may be done under a general anaesthetic.