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Wisdom Tooth Removal in Cheltenham

jaw and wisdom toothWisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to come through in the mouth. While they were necessary for our early human ancestors to chew tough foods, modern humans do not need them as much due to the evolution of our diets and the decreasing size of our jaws. As a result, wisdom teeth often cause trouble and need to be extracted. That’s where we come in!

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When there is not enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth to fully emerge, they can become impacted, meaning they are deflected or stuck under the gums or behind the last erupted tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several problems, including:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Crowding or damage to adjacent teeth
  • Infection
  • Cysts or tumours
  • Bone damage

When to Get Them Removed

If you have impacted wisdom teeth or other problems related to these teeth, your dentist may recommend getting them removed to avoid further complications. However, in some cases, if there is enough space in the mouth for the teeth to emerge fully and they are not causing any problems, they can be left in.

The Extraction Process

If your wisdom teeth need to be removed, the process is usually straightforward and can be done in the dental chair with just a local anaesthetic. However, if your case is complex, we may refer you to a specialist. After the extraction, we’ll give you post-operative instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that you are healing properly.

Most wisdom tooth extractions only require a local anaesthetic. However, if you are very anxious, we can help calm your nerves with pre-procedure medication.

Learn More Today

At Nepean Dental, we understand that getting your wisdom teeth removed can be a daunting experience. That’s why we prioritise your comfort and care throughout the process. If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Wisdom Tooth Removal Cheltenham VIC | (03) 9583 8988