Wisdom teeth often do not erupt (emerge from the bone and gum) properly as there is insufficient space in the jaw. In this situation the wisdom teeth push against the teeth already there. Wisdom teeth can then cause pain or discomfort, so the best thing to do is book an appointment with the dentist. If wisdom teeth go unchecked they can damage the adjacent teeth and sometimes even have a cyst around them.
It is important for the dentist to take an x-ray of the wisdom teeth to check the position of the roots and assess whether there is space for them. If there is insufficient space for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, we can plan for their removal.
Sometimes a wisdom tooth partially erupts – it comes only part way through the gum. A flap of gum can remain covering the wisdom tooth – this can trap food and bacteria under it. The trapped food and bacteria cause inflammation and pain. This type of infection is called acute pericoronitis.
Signs of acute pericoronitis include a bad taste, pain and swelling around the back teeth and limited mouth opening.
Wisdom teeth, despite their name, can be the dumbest tooth in your mouth. If you are having problems with them then it is important to see your Dentist promptly.
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