The Troublesome Wisdom Tooth

Your wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to emerge from your gums during your late teens or “age of wisdom” which gives them this name. Unfortunatlely there is often insufficent room and they become impacted, or trapped, in the jaw bone and gums, and fail to erupt as straight and fully functioning teeth. Impacted teeth may have to be removed.

Why remove a wisdom tooth?

-Gum Infection

A half-buried tooth at the back of the mouth may be difficult to keep clean and the resulting bacterial and food stagnation may give rise to the recurrent infection of the surrounding gum. It is the commonest problem associated with the impacted wisdom teeth and usually the only satisfactory treatment is to remove the offending tooth.


Bacterial and food stagnation associated with a buried tooth may cause decay in an adjacent tooth. Ideally the wisdom tooth should be removed before the decay begins in the adjacent tooth. If decay is already present, removal of the wisdom tooth will prevent decay progressing and allow your dentist access for restorative treatment.


There are many other, less common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth.