Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that usually erupt around the age of 17-25, however not everyone has them.
Unfortunately, many people experience problems with wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth haven’t got sufficient room in the mouth and they become impacted in the gum.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted it may make it difficult to clean the tooth properly, as well as the tooth next to it which can lead to tooth decay and gum infection.
Initially it is important to keep as clean as possible, with gentle brushing around the area and include warm saltwater mouth rinses multiple times a day.
Often wisdom teeth can be removed in a general dental practice (in which the majority of wisdom teeth extractions we do here). In some cases, the tooth may be severely impacted or have other complications, and this may require a referral to a specialist oral surgeon.