What do you know about wisdom teeth?

All You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are teeth that develop at the back of the mouth for patients generally between the ages of 17 to 25.

Known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are not necessarily always going to be problematic for the patient. The
following article by our team at Tewantin Dental Centre in Noosa answers some frequently asked questions that are often discussed with our wisdom teeth patients.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Anthropologists think that we have wisdom teeth because our ancestors who fed on a diet of coarse foods needed more power to chew. These third molars that developed later in life provided the extra chewing power. Basically what they believe is that now that humans live off varied diets that require less chewing power, wisdom teeth are often considered not necessary.

Why Do Some People Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Patients often require wisdom teeth removal because the extra teeth haven’t developed properly. Most commonly this is because there is not enough room in the jaw for them to align properly with the other teeth. When there is not enough room, a tooth can become completely or partially impacted. This can cause damage to the neighbouring teeth and bone, adjust the alignment of the teeth or cause the gums to become infected.

Do All people Have Wisdom Teeth?

Some people may never develop wisdom teeth. If you undergo x-rays during your check-ups we are able to assess if your wisdom teeth are developing and we can track the development of them to ensure they won’t cause damage to your other teeth.

Do all people need their wisdom teeth removed?

Not all people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. For some patients, there is enough room in the jaw to fit the teeth comfortably. This means that the teeth have developed and grown facing the right direction and are aligned with the other teeth without causing damage.

What are some of the symptoms that may suggest the need for wisdom teeth removal?

Generally, the first sign of concern is if you start feeling an ache in the back of your mouth. An x-ray will assist us in assessing whether the pain is just from the growth of the tooth or if the tooth is not developing as it should. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Infected gums
  • Damage to the other teeth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen gums
  • Pain

Need a Consult for Your Wisdom Teeth?

Have you noticed any of the above symptoms? Often fully erupted teeth can be removed with a simple extraction. Find out how we can help relieve any pain associated with wisdom teeth here at Tewantin Dental Centre in Noosa.

Book an appointment with our friendly team today.