Your wisdom teeth don’t make themselves known until you have nearly reached adulthood. Usually between the ages of 17-25. The name “Wisdom Teeth” was adopted as these teeth don’t arrive until you have reached, what is considered the “age of wisdom”.
Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
Wisdom teeth are not always an issue. Not everyone needs to have them removed. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly aligned, there is no reason for fuss at all. As a matter of fact, about 30 percent of people are missing one or more of their wisdom teeth.
Issues With Wisdom Teeth
Unfortunately, for many of us, the need to have one or more wisdom teeth removed during a lifetime is likely. It is estimated that 85 percent of all people will need to visit the oral surgeon sometime in their life in relation to a wisdom tooth/teeth. Often, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly. If a wisdom tooth does not make it to a normal position, it can cause problems with chewing, damage adjacent teeth or periodontal problems. Your dentist can make an assessment and recommend an oral surgeon if necessary.
What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that becomes stuck under the gum or partially emerges from the gum. Impacted wisdom teeth unfortunately are a common occurrence. Depending on the person, they may or may not cause pain. When your wisdom tooth is trying to emerge, it can cause your gum to become inflamed and swollen. When emerging, they can also cause pain in your face, other teeth or ears.
Signs of an Emerging Wisdom Tooth
- Swelling of the gum in the back of your mouth
- Difficulty opening your jaw
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Pain when you open your mouth
- Pain when chewing or biting
The best way to know if your wisdom teeth are a problem is by visiting your dentist. Regular check ups can avoid big problems later.