Our wisdom teeth generally erupt between the age of 17 and 25. More than 9 out of 10 people in our population do not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to stay in their mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause significant pain, periodontal disease, bad breath, dental decay and dental abscess. These pathology can potentially compromise the adjacent teeth and your overall health.
If you have already suffered pain and discomfort from your wisdom teeth, then they will almost certainly require removal eventually. Even without symptoms, we still would advise having a X-ray taken to assess the likelihood of your wisdom teeth causing problems in the future.
If surgery is advised, we recommend that your wisdom teeth be removed at a younger age as the risk of the surgery is generally lower. Depending on the depth and orientation of the impaction, Dr Yang will tailor your surgery to your individual needs. Options include having it done with only local anaesthetic whilst awake, or asleep under general anaesthetic.