Oral Surgery

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes these teeth emerge from the gum line and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but most of the time, this is not the case. More often, one or more of these third molars fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum line and becomes entrapped or “impacted” between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, dentists recommend people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

It’s not just wisdom teeth that sometimes become impacted and need to be removed. Other teeth, such as the cuspids and the bicuspids can become impacted and can cause the same types of problems described with impacted wisdom teeth.

If you are experiencing pain in this area and your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble please phone our friendly staff who will help you by making you a consult appointment with one of our expert Dentists. 

You will be advised to pick up referral from our front office to get an OPG x-ray done at the Alice Springs Hospital prior to your consult appointment. This OPG x-ray will show us how impacted your wisdom teeth are and if it is possible to remove them here at Alice Dental or whether you are to be referred onto an oral surgeon. If you already have a recent OPG to bring along to your appointment, please advise our staff.