Permanent third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually erupt around the age of seventeen or a little later. In many cases, these teeth do not have enough space to emerge properly
and may be in a position to damage the second molar.
The development of wisdom teeth can lead to pain accompanied by swelling, headaches or infection of the gums partially covering the erupting tooth (operculitis). If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s possible that your wisdom teeth are the cause of your discomfort.
One of the most common questions we get at Carrefour Dentaire Dentavie is “How do I know if it’s the wisdom tooth that hurts?”. If you experience pain, swelling, headaches or infection of the gums partially covering the erupting tooth (operculitis), your wisdom teeth may be the cause of your discomfort. It’s important to recognize these symptoms to determine whether it’s actually the wisdom tooth that’s causing the pain.
There are several reasons why wisdom teeth extraction may be recommended. These reasons may include:
If your mouth doesn’t have enough space to accommodate wisdom teeth, it can cause pain and displace other teeth.
Wisdom teeth are often difficult to clean and may be more susceptible to infection or decay.
Wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, causing pain and chewing problems. plaque and bacteria can accumulate between the second molar and the wisdom tooth, causing cavities on the second molar.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes grow in at the wrong angle, which can cause problems in the mouth.
In some cases, dentists recommend the removal of wisdom teeth to prevent future problems.
Each case is unique, and our professionals at Carrefour Dentaire Dentavie in Rosemont, Montreal can help you decide on the best approach to managing your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth generally begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Here are some reasons why you should have them extracted around these ages:
In the early twenties, the roots of wisdom teeth are less developed, making the extraction process generally easier and less likely to lead to complications when the roots are close to the jaw nerve.
Wisdom teeth extraction is not necessary all the time; each case is unique and needs to be assessed individually and monitored regularly.