Wisdom teeth “also known as your third molar” often erupt through the gums in your late teens or early twenties. At times they may erupt later in life or not at all. Most people develop four wisdom teeth although it is not uncommon for there to be more, less or none at all.
Wisdom teeth may remain under the gum without any problems at all. However, if the jaw does not have enough room for the wisdom teeth to come through the gums the tooth is likely to become partially impacted or impacted.
A ‘partially erupted’ tooth means part of the wisdom tooth is exposed through the gum.
A ‘impacted tooth’ means that the tooth is unable to erupt into the position like the rest of your teeth. This causes the tooth to develop on an angle becoming wedged.
Irregular growth of your wisdom teeth often leads to reoccurring swelling, pain and infections.
Removal of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure. However if the removal is likely to be difficult or complicated due to the shape and position of the tooth, your dentist may refer you to a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
The following is a list of common signs of wisdom tooth related pain:
- Pain in your upper and or lower jaw
- Pain when opening your mouth
- Swelling on the jaw
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the back region of your upper or lower jaw and or are unsure if it is wisdom tooth related, please call our friendly staff on (07) 49 531 577 to make an appointment to speak with one our dentists about your problems and concerns. The dentist will then recommend the ideal treatment to suit you.
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