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For nervous patients: we have an onsite sedationist at our Balgowlah Smile Office

For patients with pain: we will see you on the same day, call us on 02 9907 9877

For patients with missing teeth: all implant treatment including surgical placement, from start to finish, will be done at our Balgowlah Smile Office

For patients with cosmetic concern: very experienced and capable dental team to provide world class dental care. Call us on 02 9907 9877

Veteran Affairs patients and eligible children with Medicare "The Child Dental Benefits Schedule" are all welcome

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

What we call “wisdom teeth” are actually third molars. You also have first molars (six years old molars) and second molars (twelve years old molars). There are usually four wisdom teeth (but some people naturally have fewer), one upper and one lower on each side of the mouth.


Wisdom teeth begin to form at about age 9. By the late teen years, the wisdom teeth are fully formed and usually erupt (move through the bone) into the mouth. Some jaws grow long enough to allow room for the wisdom teeth, but some don’t, which then the wisdom teeth remain trapped inside the bone and are said to be impacted.


Special Problems of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  1. Recurrent gum or bone infection due to difficult to clean.
  2. Infection that breaks through the bone into the cheek or neck and causes swelling of the face, fever, difficulty opening the mouth, or difficulty swallowing, even breathing.
  3. Damage to teeth in front as impacted wisdom tooth can put constant pressure on the back of the second molar it presses against.
  4. Cysts
  5. Pain (neuralgia-like pain). For unknown reasons, shooting, aching pain can spread out to face, upper or lower teeth, ear, head and neck.
  6. Tooth Movement. In some cases, pressure from impacted wisdom teeth cause other teeth to be pushed out of line.

Possible Complications Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth in Adults

  1. Thicker roots and thicker bone
  2. Poor healing
  3. Ankyloses
  4. Jaw fracture
  5. More complicated medical conditions

The belief that all wisdom teeth must be removed is untrue. However, if you have a wisdom tooth that should be removed, don’t delay because the problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth may go unnoticed for years and the outward signs may not appear until middle age, when you have more chance for postoperative complications. No matter what your present age, now is your best time. If you are worried about the procedures, talk to our team member and the procedures can be done with IV sedation or simply with Happy Gases. Please contact the Smile Office.