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Our very own Oral Surgeon is on hand to carry out the more complex surgical procedures here at Londent.

Wisdom teeth extractions

Most of us have experienced some form of discomfort from our wisdom teeth. For some, this can be a lot more severe and lead to frequent infections. In these cases, it’s often a good idea to remove the wisdom teeth to prevent recurrent infections and allow the effective management of the rest of your mouth, especially the teeth adjacent to the problematic ones.

Removal of wisdom teeth can, however, be complicated to remove and sometimes comes with risks that require specialist skills to minimise and manage.


Why might I need my wisdom teeth removed?

  • If you have had recurrent infections that cause pain, lead to difficulty opening your mouth, cause  facial swelling and require antibiotics to resolve  
  • If the wisdom teeth are heavily decayed and cannot be stabilized with a filling 
  • If the position of the wisdom tooth is compromising your ability to keep the teeth adjacent clean, or it’s causing decay and damage to the adjacent tooth. 

If they’re so problematic, shouldn’t I just get them removed anyway?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Due to the risks involved, it can be a better option to incorporate ways to reduce this risk into your dental regime. We will teach you how to keep the area clean and utilise different tools and methods to prevent infections from occurring.  

What are the risks?

The roots of a lower wisdom tooth can be closely associated with a nerve in your jaw (the inferior dental nerve, or ID nerve) that supplies sensation to your lip, teeth, skin overlying your chin and tongue on the side of the face where the tooth sits. If this is the case and we remove the tooth, it can lead to temporary or permanent altered sensation or altered taste sensation in these areas.  

What if I keep getting infections but the roots are too close to the nerve?

In this case, we can consider performing what is called a ‘Coronectomy’. Our oral surgeon will perform a minor  procedure to cut off the top of the tooth and leave the roots in place, buried in the bone. This will heal over  sealing the roots in the bone. As it will no longer be exposed to the bacteria in the mouth, the infections will  

stop occurring and the nerve will have been left untouched. There is, however, a chance that the roots will  need to be removed in the future. 

What else might I need to see an Oral Surgeon for?

  • Complex or difficult extractions such as weak, root-filled teeth
  • Bone grafting
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Minor jaw surgery

For more information regarding this treatment

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