Third molars/Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth tend to erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. An average mouth has four, two on the bottom jaw and two on the upper jaw.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth tend to erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. An average mouth has four, two on the bottom jaw and two on the upper jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt, and often there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate them. Sometimes this forces the teeth into abnormal positions, which can interfere with their eruption causing them to erupt partially or damage other teeth as they grow. Pericoronitis is the most common infection related to third molars, which is an inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the partially erupted tooth.

Symptoms

  • Pain, swelling and inflammation of the gums around the wisdom teeth.
  • Sore throat.
  • Swelling of the lymph glands under the jaw.
  • Swelling of the face and jaw.
  • A bad taste or odour in the mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing and eating.

So, is wisdom teeth treatment or wisdom tooth pain treatment an option when you experience these symptoms? Let’s find out below.

Wisdom teeth treatment

There is nothing a patient can do to influence the eruption of the wisdom teeth. Your dentist may opt to wait until the third molars have fully erupted or recommend an extraction if they are causing pain or damage to adjacent teeth. Third molars that are not prone to infection or threaten the other teeth are generally left alone and monitored. If you experience pain or a re-infection, the management stage has passed, and the dentist will usually recommend extraction.

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Then if necessary, our Teledentistry.com dentist will prescribe medications as appropriate and refer you to a local dentist for definitive care.

FUN FACT:  Although formally known as third molars, the common name is wisdom teeth because they appear so late – much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably "wiser" than as a child when the other teeth erupt.

Commonly Asked Questions

The wisdom teeth erupt at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through, usually between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. An average mouth has four, two on the bottom jaw and two on the upper jaw.
Your dentist will recommend an extraction if they are causing pain or damage to adjacent teeth. However, if they do not threaten the other teeth, they are generally left alone and monitored.
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