Wisdom teeth usually come through between the ages of 17-25, these are the third and last molars on both sides of your upper and lower jaws to erupt; but why do people have them removed?
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
When wisdom teeth erupt it is common that patients may not have enough space for the new teeth to grow through properly. Due to lack of space, wisdom teeth can become impacted; this is where the teeth are unable to break through or come in at an angle.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause dental problems such as:
· Tooth Decay and Gum Disease – this is due to the build-up of plaque that can get trapped around the wisdom teeth if left untreated.
· Damage to existing teeth – Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause damage to your other teeth, increase risk of infection and cause problems with overcrowding.
· Cysts – In rare cases cysts can form around the wisdom tooth.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth
Due to their positioning at the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are often difficult to clean and can be easily missed during brushing. When a wisdom tooth becomes infected or causes other dental problems you may experience some of the following symptoms:
· Mouth pain or swelling of gums
· Sore or bleeding gums
· Jaw stiffness, pain and swelling
· Bad breath
· Unpleasant taste in mouth
When should you see a dentist about wisdom teeth issues?
If your wisdom teeth are causing you severe pain, we advise arranging an appointment with your dentist. During your appointment, dentists can check your teeth over and carry out an x-ray to understand teeth alignment and conclude whether extraction is necessary.
Regular dental check-ups allow dentists to keep track of wisdom teeth growth and highlight any potential problems before issues arise. Arrange an appointment with Bosham Clinic Dental to maintain good oral health and a healthy smile, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01243 778888 today!