Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the last teeth to develop, appearing during our late teens, or early twenties. Sometimes there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth and they can erupt on an angle, or only partially erupt; which is known as impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth are likely to cause dental health problems. Food and bacteria can get trapped around the area of the tooth causing a build of plaque leading to:
- Tooth Decay – leading to cavities, which can also affect surrounding teeth and bone
- Gum Disease – gingivitis or periodontal disease
- Cellulitis – a bacterial infection in the cheek, tongue or throat
- Abscess – pus builds up in the surrounding tissue of the tooth, caused by bacterial infection
- Cysts or Benign Growths – in rare cases, a wisdom tooth that hasn’t cut through the gum can develop a cyst (fluid-filled inflammation)
If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, we recommend you make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. We will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth, including a mouth x-ray to get a clear picture of the position of your teeth. At this point, we will confirm whether removal is required.