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Wisdom Teeth

By May 14, 2018
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Everything thing you need to know about these late bloomers

Wisdom teeth are the rear molars that erupt last, usually around the late teens or early 20s. There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper and lower jaw and wisdom teeth can cause various dental problems. Sometimes it will be recommended that problematic and painful wisdom teeth be removed.

Common problems -In some cases, there may not be enough room in the jaw for the wisdom teeth. This can make brushing and flossing these teeth very difficult. Food and bacteria will build up between the wisdom tooth and its neighbouring molar, therefore decay and gum infections are more likely.

The symptoms of an infection caused by a wisdom tooth include:

    • reddened, inflamed gum alongside the wisdom tooth
    • swelling
    • pain
    • fever
    • sore lymph glands under the jaw
    • difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth

Infections caused by wisdom teeth can be treated, but the infection will keep coming back unless the teeth are removed. People with pre-existing health problems and comprised immunity can suffer serious complications from these infections.

If you think you may have an infection relating to a wisdom tooth, seek advice from your nearest general dental clinic.