Supermarket variety painkillers can assist with mild, short-term pain. However removal may be necessary to prevent any ongoing pain or future problems, such as gum infection, cysts or overcrowding. For simple cases, numbing of the gums with a local anaesthetic is all that is required before removing wisdom teeth. For deeper or more complex removals, a surgical procedure may be required. Adelaide dentist Dr Evan routinely performs wisdom teeth removal under general anaesthetic at some of our local hospitals.