At Auckland Family Dentist we only advice tooth extraction when there is no other suitable alternative treatment.

What are wisdom teeth?

Known as third molars, wisdom teeth were biologically designed as replacements for our back teeth as they became worn based on the coarse, abrasive diet of the “cave man”. Today, they form an unnecessary and often problematic part of our dentition.

While tooth extraction is the last resort in modern dentistry, wisdom teeth escape this common rule. Often extraction them is the best course of action; we would know as we are specialists in wisdom teeth removal in Auckland and have helped hundreds of patients gain their smile back.

When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth often ‘erupt’ from the jaw quite late; generally they’re the last ones to come. Quite often, there is little space at the rear of the jaw for wisdom teeth to come easily through the gums. If the jaw does not have enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through, the tooth will become wedged or impacted.

Some impacted teeth don’t cause any trouble. Others can cause severe pain, swelling, decay or infection and require removal. If wisdom teeth are not removed in time or left untreated, they can cause issues such as damage to nearby teeth, diseases like cysts, infection and tooth crowding.

As specialists in wisdom teeth removal in Auckland, we recommend visiting us at the first sign of pain in your jaw or other discomfort.

What does wisdom teeth extraction involve?

As with any dental procedure, we will first examine your wisdom and surrounding teeth. Dental x-rays are done before the treatment course is determined, after identifying any additional risks such as decay in nearby teeth.

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, generally performed under general anaesthesia. Intravenous (IV) sedation and other pain management techniques are offered before, during and after the procedure to make the process as comfortable for you as possible. We pride ourselves in providing painless dentistry.

Post the surgery, you will be discharged with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary) to manage any swelling or discomfort.