Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to emerge in the back of the mouth. These typically erupt between the ages of 17-25, but may appear much later. While some people have enough space for their wisdom teeth, many people need to have them removed.


Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?


The most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal include;

  • Impacted teeth: Teeth that have become stuck in the bone or on adjacent teeth.
  • Partial eruption: When there is not enough room, wisdom teeth can partially appear in the mouth with gum covering part of the tooth.
  • Caries and gum disease: Wisdom teeth can be hard to clean. This can cause long-term decay and gum disease if they are left untreated. 


Leaving wisdom teeth in place can cause long-term pain, swelling, infection, caries and damage to the adjacent molars. At Bannockburn Dental, we believe in early intervention for high-risk wisdom teeth. Preventative removal of wisdom teeth can lower the risk of developing pain or damage to the adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth are often easier to remove at a younger age while they are still developing, which often results in faster healing.




How will my dentist determine if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Your dentist will take the time to examine the position of your wisdom teeth. They will evaluate the long-term risks of leaving your wisdom teeth, and you will decide together about the best long-term solution. Your assessment may also include the use of 3D imaging to assess the position of the teeth. The 3D imaging is quick and is performed on site.


We recommend that wisdom teeth are assessed in your late teens. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are coming through, or you experience pain from your developing wisdom teeth, please contact us to arrange a consultation.