Do you have problems with wisdom teeth? Lots of people do. Wisdom teeth are the third back molars that usually erupt around the late teens or early 20s. There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. Some people have two, some have one, some have none. Wisdom teeth can cause several dental issues and sometimes it will be recommended that these problematic teeth be removed.
What are the issues?
In some people, there may not be enough room in the jaw for the wisdom teeth. Food and bacteria will build up between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next door, then we have problems with decay, pain, gum infections and even the next door tooth at risk in becoming unsavable. Infections caused by wisdom teeth can be treated short-term with antibiotics, but the infection will keep coming back unless the teeth are removed.
People with lowered immune systems will see these infections coming back more often (including but not limited to diabetics, those on cancer drugs, arthritic drugs, and the elderly).
Signs and symptoms
If you have an infected wisdom tooth you may have:
- reddened, inflamed gum alongside the wisdom tooth
- teeth marks in the cheeks
- pus coming from the gum
- sore glands under the jaw
- difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
So you see these pesky wisdom teeth can cause plenty of problems if not dealt with and if left untreated, will cause bigger problems. You should have them checked sooner rather than later! Both our dentists are very well experienced in this field of work.
If you have any queries or wish to have your wisdom teeth checked, book yourself (and your wisdom teeth !) in for an assessment now.