Wisdom teeth are the rear molars that are the last to erupt, usually around the late teens early twenties. However, they can also come through much later in life or not at all. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
In some cases, there is no space at the rear of the jaw to accommodate for wisdom teeth to come through properly causing wisdom teeth to become wedged or impacted. This can make brushing and flossing very difficult. Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may push against adjacent teeth, causing damage to neighboring teeth, decay, discomfort and infection.
The symptoms of an infected wisdom tooth include facial swelling, inflamed gums, pain, pus coming from the gum line and difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth.
Often it will be recommended that problematic and painful wisdom teeth be removed. If your wisdom teeth are likely to be difficult or complicated to remove, our dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
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