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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars, located at the back of your upper and lower arches of teeth. Although third molars start forming at a young age, they generally do not begin to erupt until your mid to late teen years. They’re usually fully formed by the time a person turns 30 years of age.

Complications of Wisdom Teeth

Illustration of wisdom teethBecause of their location, wisdom teeth often lack adequate room to fully erupt into the jaw. As such, they tend to develop complications like:

  • Impactions
  • Cysts
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Pressure, leading to crowded teeth
  • Pain and swelling
  • Decay
  • Periodontitis

It’s not unheard of for wisdom teeth to form at angles or completely sideways. When they do, they continue placing pressure on the bone, nerves and teeth next to them. Consequently, the surrounding structures can suffer.

Although fully erupted wisdom teeth can be restored with a filling or treated for periodontal disease, their location predisposes them to recurring infections. Proactively removing impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth may be the best step for maintaining optimal smile health.


Some people are lucky enough to have congenitally missing third molars. For the rest of us, a wisdom tooth exam and X-ray can determine if the teeth need to be removed. During your consultation, we’ll take a panoramic radiograph that shows the full jaw structure and area around each tooth. Depending on the size, positioning and development of your wisdom teeth, we can determine if an extraction is best.

As with any type of dental extraction, we aim to keep you as comfortable as possible. We’ll ensure that the area around your wisdom teeth is completely numb so that you won’t feel any type of discomfort. Gentle nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) can help you relax even more. Or, tablets are available to ease your anxiety during lengthier and complex procedures such as oral surgery.

Your extraction site can be tender for a few days following surgery. To prevent irritation, stick to soft foods and avoid brushing around the area. A warm saltwater rinse can help alleviate any swelling while removing food debris. Dissolvable sutures should go away on their own within a week or so. Please call our office right away with any questions after your procedure.

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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Wisdom Teeth Removal Kellyville, North Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge NSW | (02) 8847 3115