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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth (also called “third molars”) are usually the last teeth to come through the gums and often do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens, twenties or even older.  Most people have four wisdom teeth, some have one, two or three and some people have no wisdom teeth.  Generally, they erupt between the ages of 16 – 20 years old. 

As wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, there is often not enough room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to impacted wisdom teeth, teeth that are trapped beneath the gum tissue by other teeth or bone. If teeth they are impacted, swelling and tenderness can occur.  Your dentist is the best person to evaluate your wisdom teeth, and advise you whether or not they need to be removed.

Wisdom teeth are renowned for giving trouble at times when a person is under pressure or stress, such as school exams.  It is wise to have your teenager evaluated regarding their situation well before they reach year 12, so as to avoid any issues that the wisdom teeth may cause.  If your child is a candidate, your dentist may recommend removing them early, as early removal can be easier than once a person reaches adulthood. 

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