Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are a set of four teeth that erupt into the very back four corners of the mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of 17 to 21.
When there is adequate room the wisdom teeth can erupt into the mouth in the correct position and function as a valuable asset. Other times they may remain unerupted and cause no problems. However, these scenarios are uncommon.
Your dentist may advise you that your wisdom teeth are impacted or partially erupted and may need to be removed. What this means is that your wisdom teeth will not grow or erupt into a position that allows them to be functional teeth.
Teeth that become impacted or partially erupted are generally more likely to cause problems. The common problems that can arise are pain, infections of the gum around the teeth, decay and damage to the adjacent functioning teeth and gum disease around the molar teeth. Occasionally cysts and tumours can grow around impacted teeth.
It is possible that impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to crowding. Infections are by far the most common issue and although they can respond to antibiotics as a temporary measure, the only definitive treatment it is to remove the source of the problem by removing the wisdom teeth.
If you feel that your wisdom teeth may be causing problems, please contact us for a consultation. At River Dental we have all the necessary equipment to diagnose and treat wisdom teeth problems promptly.