Wisdom teeth is the commonly used term for ‘third molars’ – the large teeth right at the back of the mouth that come through last, usually between the ages of 17 and 25, though they can also erupt much later or not at all.
Wisdom teeth tend to become problematic when there is insufficient room for them and they become impacted (stuck). This normally results in infection and inflammation around the gum covering the impacted teeth. The most common symptoms include, swelling, bad taste/odor, pain, soreness on chewing, jaw stiffness, headaches and a general unwell feeling.
It is recommended that all patients have their wisdom teeth assessed and monitored by their dentist during their late teens and early twenties. The dentist will recommend an X-Ray to see how the wisdom teeth are positioned and whether extraction is required. The X-Ray will also determine if the wisdom teeth can be extracted in the chair or a referral to a maxio-facial surgeon is required.