Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Melbourne

Wisdom teeth are the very back teeth on either side of the upper and lower jaws, and are more correctly described as the third molar teeth. They are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 16 and 25 years. Often there is not enough room at the back of the jaw for them to grow into the mouth and they remain either partly or completely below the gum when they are commonly referred to as being “impacted”. A number of potential or existing problems may lead to recommendations to perform a wisdom tooth extraction in Melbourne.

Problems commonly arising from impacted teeth:

Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gum which commonly occurs particularly around the lower wisdom teeth. If not taken seriously an infection of this type can have serious consequences and can even be life-threatening.

Although pericoronitis may respond to antibiotics, wisdom tooth extractions are really the only way to permanently eliminate the problem.


Decay of the molars adjacent to the wisdom teeth is often not detected until too late to save the molar.  

Other Potential Problems

Less common problems are cysts or other pathology developing in the jaw around unerupted wisdom teeth, and erosion of roots of adjacent teeth. Many orthodontists prefer them to be removed to prevent possible movement of other teeth after orthodontic treatment.

Unerupted wisdom teeth also constitute a point of weakness in the lower jaw and this is the most common site for a broken jaw.

Impacted wisdom teeth

This occurs when they are prevented by bone, tissue or other teeth from growing into their normal position. Impacted wisdom teeth are common, as a full set of existing teeth will generally not leave enough space in the mouth for them to erupt. They typically appear when individuals are in their late teens or early twenties. Oral surgery for wisdom teeth removal is generally advised in order to avoid potential complications later on, particularly decay in the adjacent tooth or recurrent infections.

Schedule Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Melbourne With Dr Ferguson

For very simple wisdom tooth extractions in Melbourne local anaesthesia in the dental chair may be all that is needed. More commonly, and especially for multiple extractions, surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in hospital as a day surgery procedure.

For more information on oral surgery for wisdom teeth removal or to schedule an appointment with Dr Ferguson at his practices in the Melbourne suburbs of Box Hill and Bulleen, call 03 9898 1877 or enquire online at [email protected].