There are people whose Wisdom teeth arrive quietly and without fanfare but for many of us our Wisdom teeth often cause problems and pain.

There are no rules with wisdom teeth; some adults have one or even no wisdom teeth but most of us tend to have four, one in each quadrant of the mouth, and they usually start to appear towards the rear of your mouth between the ages of 17-25.

Problems often caused by your Wisdom teeth 

If you start getting a pain towards the rear of your mouth it could mean your wisdom teeth are starting to come through. Infection and inflammation can develop in and around the tissue covering your tooth:

Some symptoms can be:

  • Pain and irritation
  • Swollen red gums
  • Pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Feeling unwell

However, mouth and gum irritation can happen due to a variety of reasons, it is important to see your dentist to accurately identify the specific cause of the problem.

How to know if you need your wisdom teeth out

Just because your wisdom have come through does not mean you need to have them removed. Many people live with wisdom teeth that cause them no harm at all. In certain situations, however it may be advisable to get the teeth removed if:

  • They are impacted: This means they are growing up under other teeth or are trapped under bone and gum. This can be incredibly painful
  • They are growing up at the wrong angle: As they erupt, they will start pressing into other teeth, initailly causing pain but eventually causing other teeth to move or rotate as well as disrupting your smile and chewing abilities
  • You don’t have enough space for them: They try and squash up into a space that doesn’t exist. Sometimes, your jaw simply doesn’t have space for another set of molars. This causes overcrowding and pain
  • You have cavities: Food becoming trapped around erupting wisdom teeth can cause cavities not only in the wisdom tooth but the adjacent molar.
  • There are recurrent infections: Recurrent infections around wisdom teeth could mean your wisdom tooth needs to be removed

Will I need surgery? 

Our experienced dentists can advise you on what is causing your problems and how best to treat any resulting pain. Most times we are able to solve the problem and offer you a solution within our Practice however, often wisdom teeth require surgical removal. If surgery is required, we can refer you to surgeons with whom we work closely to ensure the ongoing quality of your care.

Don’t spend your days wishing the pain would go away! Contact Riversdale Dental on 9882 5566 us to find a solution that’s is right for you.