Wisdom teeth erupt much later in life than other adult teeth, which can cause issues. If there is a lack of room in the mouth or the teeth are coming through at an odd angle, your dentist may recommend the removal of one or more wisdom teeth. Fortunately, this is a common procedure and nothing to be concerned about.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21 and often cause discomfort. Problems can arise if they come through at the wrong angle or if there is a lack of room in the mouth. Misaligned or partially erupted wisdom teeth can also lead to recurring infections and damage to the surrounding jaw and teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth is a very common procedure, and in most cases our dentists can remove problematic wisdom teeth. To ensure your comfort and the best result, some cases may be referred to a specialist dentist.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, reside in the four back corners of your mouth. Usually, they erupt at a later date to that of your other adult teeth, around the ages of 17 to 25. They are so named because a person is at the end of high school or in their university years when they come through, a stage of life when they gain much wisdom (supposedly).
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Lack of room in the mouth
Coming through at an odd angle
Partially erupted (cause of infection)
Wisdom teeth complications
Wisdom tooth discomfort and pain can occur when they come through at an odd angle or if there is a lack of room in the mouth. Partially erupted or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause recurring infections and damage to the surrounding jaw and teeth.
Complications can include:
Tooth pain: The eruption of wisdom teeth is often preceded by pain in the back of the mouth. It might be intermittent and mild, last a few days and then subsiding. It can occur on and off for weeks or even years. If the pain becomes too much, making talking and eating difficult, please book in to see your dentist. The pain may be due to the erupting wisdom teeth pressing into the nerves in your mouth.
Redness and swelling: Swelling and redness in the gums can also be a sign of erupting wisdom teeth.
Shifting teeth: Wisdom teeth can be bullies. If there is a lack of room in the mouth, they will erupt regardless and push other teeth out of their way, leading to crooked and misaligned teeth. If your dentist thinks that there isn’t enough room in your mouth for the arrival of your wisdom teeth, they may advise removal ahead of time to negate this issue.
Impacted tooth: Occasionally, wisdom teeth can get ‘trapped’ beneath the gum line by your jawbone or other teeth. This can lead to pain and will need to be attended to by your dentist.
X-rays will pick up any issues with impacted teeth ahead of time. In this case, your dentist will often advise the removal of impacted wisdom teeth before they begin to erupt so you don’t experience any discomfort.
Oral infections: Bacteria can get trapped as your wisdom teeth erupt and break through the gum, leading to infection. Signs of infection include:
Tenderness in the jaw
A foul taste
Cavities: If food becomes trapped around your emerging back molars, cavities may form. Cavities can also occur in the teeth in front of your back molars if there isn’t enough room to brush or floss properly. Make sure you brush and floss thoroughly around the area when your wisdom teeth begin to erupt.
How are they removed?
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure and, in most cases, our dentists will remove problematic wisdom teeth at our clinic.
More complicated cases may be referred to a specialist for your comfort and to ensure the best result. For your convenience, a specialist dentist visits our clinic on occasion.
Any dental procedure can be stressful for some patients. If you’d prefer to be put to sleep while having your wisdom teeth removed, we can assist in arranging this.
Should wisdom teeth be removed if they aren’t causing problems?
A twice yearly dental check-up is a good way to monitor wisdom teeth that aren’t causing any pain or discomfort. During these general appointments, we can check the wisdom teeth to see if they are erupting and likely to cause issues.
Due to the fact that they are likely to erupt at that time of life when you’re busy studying and sitting exams, it can be wise to have them removed before they start causing any complications and become an unwanted distraction.
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