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Wisdom Teeth

TAdult friends laughinghe third set of molars (back teeth) are usually referred to as ‘wisdom teeth’ because of how much older people are once those teeth erupt. On average, wisdom teeth tend to come in during the teen years or up through the late twenties.

Although some people never experience wisdom tooth pain and complications, third molars are frequently linked to conditions like

  • Impaction
  • Pain and swelling
  • Crowded teeth
  • Infection
  • Tooth decay

A wisdom tooth can also jeopardise the health of adjacent teeth. If it is partially erupted or impacted, the neighbouring tooth is at an extremely high risk of damage.

Problematic or impacted wisdom teeth are typically removed to ensure a healthy overall smile.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

The first step in identifying wisdom tooth concerns is to perform a thorough exam. Typically, we’ll need a full-mouth image such as an OPG to evaluate the third molar placement and how it relates to other teeth. If there isn’t enough space to erupt or it is already infected, an extraction will be recommended.

What to Expect

As with any other dental extraction, your comfort is of the highest importance to us. Our oral surgery team will walk you through the process ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect. In every case, local anaesthetic is used to thoroughly numb that area of the mouth; you shouldn’t feel anything more than a bit of pressure.

Following your wisdom tooth removal, we recommend taking it easy for a couple of days. It’s best to avoid hot or crunchy foods as well as caffeine and alcohol. Wait at least a week before resuming any vigorous exercise. We’ll provide written instructions to help make your recovery as quick as possible.

Wisdom Tooth Exams

If you or your teen is complaining of jaw pain, pressure or soreness in the back of the mouth, reserve an exam with our oral surgeon today.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Wisdom Teeth Removal in Kelston, Glen Eden, Auckland | (09) 818 5092