One of the most common tooth problems faced in adulthood is Wisdom teeth eruption. The third molars or wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gum (erupt) between 18-25 years of age. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others have up to four – one in each corner of the mouth. They are described as impacted when there is not enough space for them at the back of the mouth.
In such cases, they tend to erupt in abnormal positions like towards the cheek or impinging on the second molar. This leads to:
- Pain & swelling.
- Infection or damage to the teeth next to them because of improper cleaning and food accumulation.
- Stiff and sore jaw with pain radiating to the back of ear and head.
- Bad breath and a bad taste due to infection.
- Misalignment of other teeth due to lack of space.
The surgical removal (extraction) of one or more wisdom teeth can relieve these problems and is often the only way to permanently relieve discomfort.