Wisdom Teeth

Around 80% of young adults have problems with their wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that appear in the back of the upper and lower jaws in your late teens or early twenties. If wisdom teeth grow in completely and in correct alignment they can be used just like any other teeth. However, there is often inadequate space in the back of the jaw for wisdom teeth to completely appear – leading to disease.

What problems with wisdom teeth can occur?

Most people do not have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth to grow in completely. When this occurs, wisdom teeth are considered to be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can remain trapped under the tissues or eventually break partially through the gums.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems, including:

  • Abscesses and other infections
  • Periodontal disease
  • Cavities
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Crowding of the surrounding teeth
  • Cyst or tumor development

When active disease develops, the wisdom teeth should be removed. This is best determined by an examination by one of our experienced specialists.