Why do my wisdom teeth hurt? Part 2

September 11, 2019 by Dr Kristian van Mourik

Why do my wisdom teeth hurt? Part 2

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.

When wisdom teeth become impacted they can be very difficult to keep clean, especially since they are located so far back in your mouth. Food can accumulate and cause decay, not only of your wisdom teeth but also of the neighbouring tooth. Tooth decay is painful.

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

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