The Wisdom teeth (also called Third Molars) usually do not push through the gums until the late teens or twenties. Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to come through the gums.
In the majority of cases, there may not be enough room in the jaw for all wisdom teeth to fully emerge. This can lead to several complications. If the exit of the wisdom tooth is stalled at the halfway point (soft impaction), this can make brushing and flossing extremely difficult. Food and bacteria builds up between the wisdom teeth and its neighbouring molars, and decay and gum infection are likely to occur.
Crowded wisdom teeth in the upper jaw have a tendency to lean sideways and grate against the cheek. This can cause ulceration and chewing problems. A further problem is crowding, The pressure from wisdom teeth may force the other teeth closer together, and interfere with the bite. Gum disease and cyst formations are also complications of impacted wisdom teeth.
If you are experiencing pain or soreness from wisdom teeth make an appointment to see one of our dentists.