Most people get their wisdom teeth when they are about 20 years old. You can get a total of four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.

Wisdom teeth often do not have the great benefit and there is often no room for them in the mouth, as people’s jaws have become smaller over time. Therefore, wisdom teeth can often cause problems and pain.


It is different how a wisdom tooth breaks out in the jaw. Sometimes they lie horizontally in the jaw without causing problems and without breaking into the jaw.

If the wisdom tooth is only partially present in the jaw, inflammation can occur which can cause pain, redness and swelling. However, one can well treat the inflammation temporarily, but it will often be necessary to remove the wisdom tooth at a later date.

In other cases, an indented gum pocket may occur between the wisdom tooth and the neighboring tooth. It can therefore be difficult to clean the area and the risk of bacteria is increased which can cause caries or pariodontitis locally.

If you have wisdom teeth or suspect that they are breaking up, we at the clinic will check if there is room in your jaw for them or if they should be removed.


If the wisdom tooth is difficult to keep clean by regular toothbrushing and inflammation and swelling of the gums occur.
If there is a recessed gum pocket between the wisdom tooth and the neighboring tooth.
If there are caries in the wisdom tooth or neighboring tooth.
If there is no space and bother the neighbor tooth.
If a cyst has occurred around the wisdom crown.


In some cases, one can remove a wisdom tooth like other teeth in the mouth, this can do if the tooth is broken. If the tooth is only partially broken, it is necessary to operate the wisdom tooth.

To clarify how the wisdom tooth and roots lie in the jaw, the dentist takes an x-ray. In some cases, the wisdom tooth will be difficult to remove and one will refer the patient to a special dentist in dental, oral and jaw surgery.

It is an operation where you will only be locally anesthetized, so you will be at full consciousness and be able to hear and sense that work is in your mouth.

If all the wisdom teeth are to be removed, it is recommended that you only take one side at a time, so you can use the non-operated side to eat and chew.


After surgery, you will be slightly raised. The wound must be calm and you should not be physically active the first day after the operation. It can bleed from the wound, but this can be dampened with some gauze. Most people get hurt after removing the wisdom tooth, so painkillers can be needed. The first day after the operation, you must eat carefully because of the local anesthesia so that you do not bite yourself in the cheek.

It is an advantage to eat cold and soft diets. It is important to keep the wound clean, but avoid brushing the wound. Chlorhexidine can advantageously be used 0.12% until the threads are removed. Chlorhexidine is the bacterial killer. It is important to spend an hour between tooth brushing and the use of chlorhexidine.