Back To Blog

FAQs On Impacted Wisdom Teeth

18 October 2020

Are you suffering with pain, bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth because of impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, begin to erupt in the late teens. They can continue to erupt into your twenties. Not everyone will have wisdom teeth or some people may have them and they will never erupt.

For those that do erupt they can cause problems such as pain and swelling, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth and even pain on biting. This can happen when the teeth start to erupt but a flap of gum remains on top of them. This flap of gum can become a food trap causing pain, bad breath and a bad taste.

There are a couple of options when it comes to treating impacted wisdom teeth and these options will vary from person to person, so it would be best to arrange a consultation with an oral surgeon.

Got Issues With Your Wisdom Teeth?

Book Your Free Consultation

The teeth can be removed, the flap of gum causing food trapping can be removed or with some good oral hygiene, the teeth can be left in place to erupt naturally.

Removing your wisdom teeth can be done in the dental surgery and this can be determined at a consultation with an oral surgeon. Sedation can be provided for this treatment to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed for the procedure.

1. What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars erupting into the mouth, sometimes eruption is not possible due to the amount of space for the teeth to fully erupt.

2. Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

No, not always. Good oral hygiene around these teeth can prevent problems and the teeth can erupt naturally.

3. What Happens If You Don’t Remove Them?

If they are continuously causing problems and they are not removed - cavities can form on these teeth causing further pain.

4. Impacted Wisdom Teeth and Flying

Flying will not cause any further issues with impacted wisdom teeth. After removal of wisdom teeth it is recommended to rest as there will be some discomfort for a few days, so it would be best not to have your wisdom teeth removed a day before a holiday!

5. How Long Does It Take To Recover From Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Rest is recommended for a day or two after removal of wisdom teeth. It is recommended you do not exercise for a couple of days as increased heart rate could cause some bleeding.

6. What Are The Signs Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

The signs of impacted wisdom teeth is pain, swelling, bad breath, bad taste and occasionally earache or jaw aches.

7. How Do Dentists Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Oral surgeons are trained for an additional two years in removing impacted wisdom teeth. They are removed the same way as other teeth. As they are a bit further back in the mouth sedation can be provided to make this a more comfortable procedure for you.

8. How Much Does it Cost To Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

At 3Dental prices range from €200 to €350 per wisdom tooth to be removed. For more information, view our price list page.


We understand that people can have anxiety and questions around their wisdom teeth.

We offer free consultations where we will sit down with you, answer all your questions and go through all your options.

Book your free consultation today in our Dublin or Limerick clinics. We look forward to hearing from you.

Got Issues With Your Wisdom Teeth?

Book Your Free Consultation

Recent Reviews

Rory O'Neill

“If like me you are terrified of going to the dentist, then 3Dental is the only show in town now. I needed implants and crowns and the value that I got from Dr. O'Connell was far more competitive than...”

Diane Murphy Donegan

“My 9 year old son recently had 2 tooth extractions on separate occasions with Paul. After how smooth the first one went I had absolutely no issues getting him to go in for the second. 3Dental is a...”

CK Donavan

“I had an emergency appointment in 3Dental Dublin a few weeks ago. I waited in my car and got a phone call when the dentist was ready, therefore I avoided the waiting area. All safety procedures were...”

Jo Moran

“I would highly recommend 3Dental to everyone! I had to go for an emergency extraction and so I was really nervous and anxious going in and they took amazing care of me!! the staff are brilliant! Very...”

Amy Cahill

“Well I couldn’t recommend 3Dental enough. I met Alison today for the first time and all I can say was she was my angel. Had a tooth extracted and was in awful pain and she made sure I wouldn’t feel a...”

Angela Conway

“Second to none care from 3Dental. Had an emergency and 3Dental looked after me exceptionally. Well, thank you very much 3Dental - one less thing to worry about at this very extraordinary time 🥰”

Antonia Condon

“Great response to a difficult situation!”

Dave Johnson

“It's great that you guys are available incase of an emergency like a toothache etc, you're doing a great service, keep well.”

Karen Mayne

“Thank you so much to Niall and all the staff for helping to get an emergency treatment done recently. It's a difficult time for everyone but your efforts were appreciated. Best of luck and hopefully...”

Christine Lynch

“Thank you all so much for your kindness and help looking after my elderly mother today. In the midst of all the chaos you were nothing but helpful reassuring and most of all kind. We will most...”

Lisa Collins

“Amazing service, took me straight away as an emergency in and out in 20 mins. Paul was brilliant. Reception staff were lovely and reassuring.”

Catherine Dowling

“I had to go to the surgery yesterday, at a time when everyone is nervous with the risks of COVID-19, I couldn’t commend Paul and the team enough for the measures they have in place to protect...”

Susan Quinn Cassidy

“Would highly recommend 3Dental particularly for nervous patients like me.. I went for an assessment a month ago & was provided with a reasonable quote. They fit me in this week for an emergency...”

Tony Moore

“Went for the free initial consultation and was advised to get two crowns which I got over two subsequent visits. Prices seem to be on a par with others I checked and the friendly service and...”

Christina Power

“Paul has been the most incredible dentist I've ever had, he's so meticulous and precise, it gives me full confidence he's the best person to get my crooked teeth, straight! (Nearly there) All the...”

Zara Jade

“Excellent service, very professional. Good value for money. Staff were very friendly and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this dental practice.”

Pat Cassidy

“Very efficient and painless experience with my implant! Magda, Mel, Christiane and Joaquin were all so kind, so helpful and very professional!”

Judith Ryan

“I’m a very nervous patient when it comes to my teeth. They’re extremely sensitive. Rosario in 3Dental Limerick was fantastic. She did an amazing job and had such a kind and understanding attitude. I...”

Yahya Albalawi

“My son got his tooth extracted in another practice (Smiles Dental Limerick). 3 days later he got an infection and he was in a real pain. He could not eat and he could not sleep well. Smiles Dental...”

Evie Doyle

“I had braces fitted by Paul at 3Dental and I am really happy with the result. It was hassle free and a brilliant experience. The staff were always very helpful and friendly throughout my time with...”

Ready for the Next Step? Book Your Free Consultation

Book A Consultation View Pricing Options