All about Wisdom Teeth

all about wisdom teeth

What can go wrong?

Wisdom teeth are sometimes also called third molars, or the “eights”. They are usually the last teeth to come through the gums, in the late teens or early twenties. Humans can have between one and four wisdom teeth or none at all.

If the wisdom teeth come through straight, they are just like every other tooth. The problem is that they often come in at an angle or even sideways. This is referred to as impacted wisdom teeth, and that’s when the problems start.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe problems for the gums, jaw bone and adjacent back teeth and must be removed. This is common procedure and should be done as soon as possible before the problems  worsen.

Wisdom tooth solutions

If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, the first step you should take a full check-up, or even an emergency consultation. From there, we will generally refer you for a specialised X-ray, known as an OPG, which gives a panoramic view of the full mouth, including the wisdom teeth. OPGs are bulk billed.

Depending on a number of factors, we may be able to remove problem wisdom teeth at Core Dental Group. However, if these teeth are likely to be difficult or complicated to remove, you may be referred to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed or your gums at the back of your mouth are tender, please contact us today.