Wisdom teeth can frequently cause pain and infections, particularly when they are impacted. Due to wisdom teeth being the last teeth to erupt into our mouths there is often not enough room for them to fully erupt, or they are so far back that they are difficult to access for cleaning. Over time food can become trapped and begin to rot. This creates high levels of bacteria in the area which can eventually cause decay or infections. At the very least this can cause chronic bad breath which can be very distressing for patients. On occasion these infections can become so bad that emergency hospital admission is required to treat the infection. Wisdom teeth are not necessary for full chewing function and often their presence does more harm than good as they can cause decay in the tooth in front of them as they are difficult to floss. In fact Dr Mallorie's Masters dissertation demonstrated clearly that the ideal time to remove impacted wisdom teeth is before patients turn 25 years old as complication rates are lower across the board, so the sooner you have those impacted wisdom teeth assessed the better.
Dr Mallorie has been removing wisdom teeth for over 15 years during which time he has safely removed thousands. As a Specialty Dental Surgeon in Oral Surgery in Cardiff he is responsible on a weekly basis for teaching both dental students and junior dental surgeons how to extract wisdom teeth safely. Dr Mallorie uses a multitude of techniques he has learned over the years from mentors around the World to try and make the whole process as comfortable for his patients as possible. These include a minimally invasive surgical approach to help keep swelling and postoperative discomfort to a minimum for his patients. All extractions are performed under sterile, hospital-grade conditions to help keep the risk of infection to an absolute minimum. Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic in the dental chair, and sedation is available if you wish.
After a comprehensive consultation with Dr Mallorie the most appropriate treatment modality can be chosen for you based on the complexity of the surgery and your personal preference.