Why do my wisdom teeth hurt? Part 1

September 4, 2019 by Dr Kristian van Mourik

Why do my wisdom teeth hurt? Part 1

Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through at the very back of your mouth. They are often referred to as third molars. They usually grow through your gums between the ages of 17 and 24.

Sometimes due to the lack of space, wisdom teeth become ‘impacted’ and can enter your mouth at an angle or only partially come through the gum.

This can make them difficult to clean. Food can accumulate around your wisdom teeth and can cause infection of the gums. This infection causes pain. In severe cases the infection can spread to the soft tissue surrounding your lower jaw and neck, impair your airways and lead to hospitalisation.

In most cases wisdom tooth removal is recommended to alleviate the pain.

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