Wisdom teeth removal from The Smile Pros Dental in Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast. Do wisdom teeth always need to be removed? Your wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed. For some people, there’s enough room in their jaws to accommodate 4 more teeth. And for others, they will require extraction. Extraction can be necessary if they grow sideways (impacted) and cause serious problems with infection around the partially erupted tooth crown, suffer from gum disease or decay. They can also damage the healthy adjacent tooth. The best time to find out whether or not wisdom teeth should be removed is before the age of 16. If the adjacent teeth are healthy and the wisdom teeth look like they are going to cause problems—they can be removed even before they erupt. The benefit of this is to prevent any problems from occurring. It can also be a good idea to do this prior to getting braces to stop the wisdom teeth hindering orthodontic treatment. Extracting wisdom teeth How wisdom teeth are extracted will depend on their condition. If they have erupted without complications, then a simple extraction can be performed. If they are impacted, then you may require surgery. During your appointment one of us will explain your options to you. This will depend on the complexity of the impaction and your preference. For example some patients prefer to have their wisdom teeth extracted under a general anaesthetic. This requires the treatment being carried out in a hospital, rather than in our practice. In this case we would refer you to a specialist oral-maxillofacial surgeon Keep in mind: everyone’s situation is different. The best way to determine the right option for you is to contact the team at The Smile Pros Dental for an appointment. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.