Wisdom teeth can start to cause problems for people at any time, but it is most likely between the ages of 17 and 25.
About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth, and if erupted they can be found at the back of your mouth behind the 2nd molars. If you do not have any teeth in the spot where your wisdom teeth should be, it is likely your wisdom teeth are inside of your gums.
If you start to experience any of the following symptoms around your wisdom teeth, it may mean that they need to be extracted and that you should contact your local dental practitioner.
Pain or swelling in the gum around the tooth
Pain and swelling are common side affects of a wisdom tooth that needs to be removed. Often when a tooth starts to erupt through the gum, it will either get stuck, or not make it the whole way out. This can lead to pain, infection and great difficulty when eating.
Infection in the gum
Infection in the gum needs to be seen to by a dentist. Normally a dentist will not extract a tooth until the infection has been treated. This will often involve the patient taking a course of antibiotics over a couple of days to fight off the infection.
Teeth crowding and Impaction
Impaction occurs when a tooth is unable to emerge from the gums. The tooth can be causing you pain by either hitting up against other teeth, or your jaw bone. This can be very painful and extraction of the offending tooth is the normal treatment. Impacted wisdom teeth can be more difficult to remove than partially erupted teeth. It is likely the dentist will book you in for day surgery to extract it.
Questions to ask your dentist
Wisdom tooth extraction is a fairly common procedure, but it is still a good idea to make sure you are fully informed prior to agreeing to any extraction. You dentist should be able to easily answer the following questions:
- How many wisdom teeth do I need to have removed?
- How much is this procedure going to cost?
- What are the risks involved with this surgery?
- How long does it take my mouth to heal?
- Are there side affects?
Recovery after the extraction will be dependant on how difficult the surgery was, and how quickly your body heals. It is common to experience pain and swelling for a couple of days after the extraction procedure, but this should subside within a couple of days. Most people are back to normal after about a week.