Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow during late teens and early twenties. Wisdom teeth are also known as “third molars”. Some individuals do not have any, whereas others may grow up to 4 wisdom teeth. If there is not enough space for wisdom teeth to mature and erupt naturally, they are known as ‘impacted wisdom teeth’. Wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms on their own, but they often have a risk of becoming infected, resulting in damages to neighbouring teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth should be regularly checked by your dentist during your routine dental visits, which may include a full mouth X-ray (also known as an OPG). A wisdom tooth may not need to be removed if it is fully buried under the jaw bone and does not exhibit any signs or symptoms. However, when partially impacted or infected (known as pericoronitis), extraction is often the recommended treatment.
Wisdom teeth removal usually requires a single appointment and a follow-up sutures removal appointment, and recovery typically lasts for 1 week. Removal of wisdom teeth can be done under general anesthetics, which requires hospital stay and an anesthetist. For those who do not wish to go to hospital and undergo general anesthetics, our dentists are experts at removing wisdom teeth under local anesthetics in a dental clinic.