The wisdom tooth (or third molar) is usually the last tooth to erupt into the mouth anytime after about 16 years of age. It may need to be removed if there is persistent pain. Pain can arise due to impaction (not enough room) or decay
- Pain around the tooth, gum or jaw
- Swelling around the area. Sometimes the lymph nodes in the neck can swell
- Foul taste
Treatment does not always involve extraction. In minor cases, antiseptics and painkillers may be given. Sometimes the area can become infected and so antibiotics may be given. Extraction of lower wisdom teeth is only done when there is no other option. Our team is highly skilled in surgery, so if the wisdom tooth does need extraction, this can be done in a painless manner.