Wisdom teeth are the third molars that normally erupt in late teen years or early twenties. They are usually the last permanent teeth to appear, although they do not emerge for everyone. It is normal to have four wisdom teeth (one at the back of each corner of the mouth), although some people may have more or less. Most people only find out about their wisdom teeth once they start to cause some pain. However, it’s is best to evaluate your wisdom teeth when you are in your late teens. If wisdom teeth do need to be removed, recovery is often much easier during this time. As you age, the roots of your teeth may grow deeper and the bone surrounding the tooth becomes more dense making removal more difficult and healing time a lot longer.
ISSUES WITH WISDOM TEETH
When a wisdom tooth does erupt, it may do so in the wrong direction (also known as impacting), they then may become easily infected, cause food to get stuck leading to decay and cause crowding in the mouth. Wisdom teeth are generally harder to keep clean as they are so far back in the mouth and prone to decay.
In these cases, removal of the wisdom teeth may be the right option for you.
Aside from pain in the jawbone or pain from infection, there are other symptoms you may need to look out for. If you are experiencing any of the following it may be time to visit your dentist and have your wisdom teeth checked!
- Swelling of the gums
- Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw
- Bad breath
- Jaw stiffness
If you would like to book a wisdom tooth consult, or would like more information, please contact an Aim Dental practice.