Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth and the last to emerge at the back of the mouth. Consequently, there is often a lack of space for them, which can result in problems such as infection, damage to adjacent teeth and sometimes cysts of the jawbone. Problematic wisdom teeth require removal.
The removal of wisdom teeth depends on the position of your tooth, if it is impacted and the way it is impacted. Some can be simple to remove however frequently a minor surgical procedure is required.
Prior to wisdom teeth removal, a cone beam CT scan may be required. This is a special type of 3-D x-ray.
This helps define the position of adjacent structures, in particular a nerve, which supplies sensation (feeling not movement) to the lower lip, chin and teeth. In certain cases there is a small risk of damage to such nerves. Careful planning of these procedures helps minimise the risks.
At POS our surgeons have completed thousands of these procedures and you are in safe hands.
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