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Wisdom Teeth Pain

Wisdom Teeth Pain

Wisdom teeth, also called “third molars”, usually appear between late teens and late 20s. Most people have four wisdom teeth, although some have fewer and some a few more.

Typically wisdom teeth are unable to grow and develop properly, due to the lack of space at the back of the jaws. Often they are “impacted”, meaning they are stuck behind the molar teeth.

Most people experience one or more of the following symptoms when wisdom teeth try to grow out. Wisdom teeth typically cause:

- Swelling and pain around the wisdom tooth area
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain on chewing and swallowing
- Sore lymph glands under the jaw
- Pressure at the jaws and joints

For those lucky few that do not experience major pain with wisdom teeth eruption, often the impacted position of the wisdom teeth cause food and bacteria to be trapped around the gum flaps. Which lead to severe infection and decay to them as well as neighbouring teeth. Very often abscess and bone loss are observed at the back of the otherwise healthy neighbouring teeth, leading to expensive root canal treatment or permanent tooth loss.
It is important to have your wisdom teeth checked for their presence and positioning, ideally during the late teen years. This is done via an OPG or full mouth x-ray. This allows our dentists to analyse the locations and positions of your wisdom teeth and make appropriate recommendations. Often prophylactic or preventive wisdom teeth removal is recommended if your dentist suspects a lack of intra-oral space, sometimes even before the wisdom teeth fully make an appearance. This is because healing potential is best in younger individuals, and teeth roots may be half-formed, potentially allowing for easier extraction and fewer complications. Our dentists are well experienced in removing wisdom teeth, including difficult surgical extractions.

If you are suffering from wisdom teeth pain, or simply would like to have your wisdom teeth assessed, call us for an appointment.
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