Wisdom teeth are molars located at the very back of the mouth, which generally erupt through the gums between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth — two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw — while some people only develop a few, or no wisdom teeth at all.
Removal of wisdom teeth is common in young adults as they may cause damage to previous orthodontic treatment, or affect a customer’s bite if there’s not enough space for the teeth to erupt and function correctly. Removal can be performed by your dentist under local anaesthetic (conscious numbing), or under general anaesthetic (total sedation) at a hospital.
X-rays and a consultation with your dentist are required before booking a procedure to remove wisdom teeth.