Many of our patients often have questions about wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth or 3rd molars form under the gums just like any other teeth. However they are usually the latest to erupt at around 18-25 years old. Rarely they can take much longer or never erupt.
Signs of wisdom teeth coming through
Swollen gum or jaws which may also cause jaw stiffness
Bleeding gum or jaws at the back of the mouth
Bad taste or smell
Jaw pain can also affect multiple teeth
When do wisdom teeth need to be removed? In some people, there is enough space in the jaw for all wisdom teeth to erupt but most of us are not so lucky.
If your tooth is impacted, it can lead to many problems
High risk of decay – the tooth is very difficult to keep clean
High risk of gum infection – the tooth is constantly pushing on the gums causing irritation. There are also a lot of areas for food and bacteria to get stuck around flappy gums
Risk of damage to the neighbouring teeth – If untreated your 2nd molar is just as vulnerable to the problems mentioned above.
It is no wonder that many dentists are recommending the removal of wisdom teeth to prevent these problems from ever happening. But if you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, act now and contact us at Toombul Smiles on 07 3162 9742 or visit our website on www.toombulsmiles.com.au to book an appointment with our friendly team.