Wisdom Tooth Basics

When and Why They Need to Be Removed


Do you need wisdom teeth removed? If so, then you’ll want to pay attention! Wisdom teeth are a common dental issue that most people experience. It’s important to assess whether wisdom teeth removal is necessary as surgery can be very costly for Australians. Here at Shire Doctors and Dentists, we recognise that deciding when wisdom teeth removal is necessary can be difficult, so we have prepared this article to help educate readers on wisdom tooth removal and whether or not it may be required. Generally, wisdom teeth will require surgery if the tooth is impacted, there isn’t enough room for the tooth and if there’s too much pressure on other nearby molars. Keep reading this article, to find out more.


What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Many people have wisdom teeth that never cause any problems. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can become impacted (stuck in the jawbone), which can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. In some cases, wisdom teeth may need to be removed. The decision to remove wisdom teeth is based on several factors, including:

  • The position of the wisdom tooth in relation to other teeth
  • Whether the wisdom tooth has already erupted or not
  • The health of the gums and bone around the wisdom tooth
  • How much space is available in the mouth for the wisdom tooth to erupt properly

When do you need wisdom teeth surgery?

Wisdom teeth are usually removed because they can cause tooth decay and other oral problems. For patients whose wisdom teeth aren’t aligned properly, brushing is difficult since you don’t get far back in your mouth with a traditional brush! To avoid this problem these days many people choose preventive extraction procedures earlier than necessary so that bacteria doesn’t build up around them later on down the road which could lead to serious medical issues like respiratory failure or gut Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

If you want to avoid problems with your wisdom teeth, it is best that they are removed. If there’s a high chance of developing cysts or painful inflamed gums around the tooth in question then extraction surgery could be helpful as well- even if just for temporary relief from these symptoms!

Our approach to extractions

Thinking about getting your wisdom tooth removed? You’ll get the best dental care in Caringbah with Shire Doctors And Dentists. Our experienced dentists and friendly staff work to offer you nothing short of quality services. Whether it be a routine check-up, extraction, or cosmetic procedure; we can deliver high-quality treatments that won’t break the bank. We also specialise in Children’s Dentistry so don’t hesitate to bring the young ones in when you need professional dental care in Caringbah.


We offer a range of services including wisdom tooth removal surgery, dental fillings, and crowns. If you’re looking for wisdom teeth extraction in Caringbah itself, then we can help with on-site surgeries by experienced hands from Dr Simon Briggs! We also make sure patients feel calm during treatments by providing pain management techniques which is why your comfort comes first at our clinic.

Get in Contact With Shire Doctors And Dentists Today

If you’re unsure if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, speak to one of our professional dentists at Shire Doctors and Dentists. Contact us today, to make an appointment.