At about 18 years of age the last molars normally move into the mouth. These are your wisdom teeth.
If a patient has got enough space to accommodate all his teeth, wisdom teeth are treated like normal molars and are left alone.
If the space is limited however, wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible.
Although it is often uncomfortable and patients may suffer for a few days it is worth doing it at a young age to prevent life long suffering.
What are the common problems that may be caused by wisdom teeth?
- Pain and swelling around the tooth. This is called an acute pericoronitis and means an acute infection of the tissue around the crown. Lymph nodes may be swollen and the patient may experience difficulty opening the mouth.
- Crowding of anterior teeth. Wisdom teeth that have no space to grow normally may push the lower front teeth together. this is extremely frustration especially after having had braces to get these teeth straight.
- Chronic infection around the wisdom tooth. This infection affects the whole body and modern research shows that it does play a significant part in arteriosclerosis, heart disease and strokes.