What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last adult molars which come through at about 18-21 years of age. Most people do not have enough room for them, and they are usually at a bad angle, about 45 degrees to where they should be. Its like having ten cars, and only eight car parking spaces. Whatever comes last, the wisdom teeth, have missed out on the space, and there for, do not have enough room. Due to the lack of space, often wisdom teeth have a flap of gum that cannot be cleaned properly, regardless of how well the patient tries to. Decay and gum problems on the wisdom teeth, or the second back teeth usually follow. If wisdom teeth will need to be removed, it is normally best to have them removed in the late teens/early 20′s.

In the late teens, or early twenties, wisdom teeth are easier to remove, with less healing time, and less complications. Also, people heal from surgery better and faster, when they are younger. Often, it is a more difficult time in a patients life, in later years to have them removed than earlier. Typically, when someone is in their late teens, they are still covered by mum and dads health fund. They may be at school, or uni, or starting a trade. Typically, life gets more complicated in the next five or ten years, when it can be difficult to arrange to have a week off work, if you have just received a new job, or wish to go to paris for a year!

Dr Paul Stephens, of 7to7dentist.com, has vast experience in diagnosing, and treating wisdom teeth troubles. Typically, we tend to get a special xray (called an “OPG”) in the late teens, to get a good idea of how the wisdom teeth are forming, and at what angle they are at. Sometimes wisdom teeth can be missing, and very rarely, there can be another extra wisdom tooth present. When wisdom teeth are giving troubles, there are