Balmain Dentist’s Dr Flora Galoustian is an oral surgeon who trained at Sydney University and went on to work on Bond st. in London.

She explains that “Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to develop. Wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25 and they grow inside the bone at the back of the mouth. Most adults have four wisdom teeth but it is possible to have fewer.

If the jaws do not grow long enough wisdom teeth stay trapped or impacted inside the bone. Impacted third molars can cause a number of problems including a dull ache and pain in the jaws, periodontal disease and infection in the overlying gum or damage to the tooth in front. Impacted wisdom teeth are usually removed under anaesthetic or, if requested by the patient, under IV sedation in the surgery. IV sedation is an intravenous sedation inducing a state of deep relaxation for the entire duration of your dental procedure.”

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