Wisdom Teeth Removal (& other teeth)

Tooth removal is usually a last resort treatment for our oral surgeons at Shields Dental Clinic in Limerick.

However, if an extraction is the only option, the Shields team will do their utmost to make the process a painless one.

Tooth removal is usually the method proposed in situations of severe decay, or when your jaw lacks sufficient space to permit wisdom teeth come through painlessly or without impacting on the teeth in front.

Our team uses a strong anaesthetic to completely numb the area during treatment and if you are particularly nervous, we are also skilled in the administration of dental sedation.

Furthermore, there are many options to choose from so don’t worry because your comfort throughout the treatment is our highest priority.

As part of any extraction treatment, we advise on options for replacing these missing teeth.

Our general recommendation is dental implants and we have highly skilled and experienced oral surgeons who can advise you further on this. We also offer a free first consultation on dental implants.


Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Adults can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, at the back, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 years, although sometimes they can appear years later. Nowadays, the maximum number of teeth that the adult jaw can accommodate is 28.

If all the other teeth are present and healthy, there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.  This is called an ‘impacted’ wisdom tooth and as it grows, It may get stuck against the tooth in front. The wisdom tooth will be at an angle, and will need to be extracted.