Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to erupt in an adult’s life.
There are typically four in total, and they can appear anytime from 16 years of age. Wisdom teeth are very far back in the mouth, and therefore we often lack room for them.
If your wisdom teeth erupt perfectly and are well aligned, you might not need to have them removed. Unfortunately, they can grow at peculiar angles, and maintaining them can be a challenge. Problems that can arise from an impacted wisdom tooth are:
- Inflammation or infection of the overlying gum;
- Decay of the wisdom tooth and/or the molar tooth in front;
- Gum disease and/or root damage of the molar tooth in front;
- Bite problems due to upper wisdom teeth growing unfavourably;
- Cysts or tumours surrounding the wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth can be associated with many problems in our mouth and jaws throughout our lifetime so it is often recommended to have them removed at a younger age - this usually results in a quicker and less complicated surgery.
Temporary or permanent numbness
Prolonged jaw stiffness
URBAN LEGENDS AND THE T(R)OOTH
Unfortunately, social media and the internet has tainted what REALLY happens during this procedure. Every wisdom tooth is different, and every person is different. Some wisdom teeth extractions are extremely straightforward, while others are very complicated and time-consuming. Therefore, having a comprehensive consultation with your surgeon is the most important part of the process. A good discussion about your unique and specific situation will enable us to find the perfect solution to get you through this moment of your life.