Your wisdom teeth, or third molars are located farthest back in your mouth. They usually make an appearance in your teens, but it is not unusual for them to appear beforehand.

By your late teens your wisdom teeth should begin to erupt through your gums and be fully erupted by your mid- twenties. Sometimes a wisdom tooth will grow through at an angle or get stuck and only partially, this is known as an impacted wisdom tooth.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted of hasn’t fully emerged, food and bacteria can get trapped around the edge of the teeth, which in turn will cause a build-up of plaque thus causing tooth decay and possibly gum disease.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort with your wisdom teeth you should make an appointment to see your dentist. They will advise you on whether you should have the teeth removed.

You can have your wisdom teeth removed in the dental surgery, but in some cases you will need to be referred to hospital for the procedure to be done. Your dentist will talk through all your options with you.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01326 574006.

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