Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 16 and 26 – the time of ‘getting of wisdom’.
While some people are actually missing these teeth, some wisdom teeth remain under the gums, because there is no room for them to fit in. A cyst can form which may damage adjacent teeth, the jaw and nerves.
Sometimes they are ‘impacted’ meaning they will not grow into a position that allows them to be functional and they are more likely to cause problems. The most common complication is infection, and the best way to treat it is to remove the source of the problem.
Call us to find out whether you are at risk. Early prevention is better than difficult work later in life when the procedure may take longer to heal.