- Published on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:42
- Written by Super User
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal. Sometimes wisdom teeth can present no issues what so ever for people. However, many times wisdom teeth will come in and be either misaligned, be only partially protruding from the gums, or sometimes be stuck in the jaw bone itself. This is where the pain can come into play, and also when you should visit your dentist to see if they need removal or not, which they most likely do.
How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Sometimes, your wisdom teeth may be visually obvious, and sometimes not so much. If you are over the age of 14 and start growing new teeth in the back of your mouth, you have wisdom teeth. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can get stuck in the jaw or soft tissue of the jaw and not show at all, or maybe only partially protrude through the gums. These types of teeth are called "impacted" wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause great pain and may require immediate removal. If you see wisdom teeth coming in, but they are not causing you any pain, then you should still see your dentist about them. The reason being is that future issues can arise and complicate the wisdom teeth removal process later on if left unmanaged. Regardless of whether you find out about your wisdom teeth through pain or site, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can so they can steer you in the right direction.
Even though most do need their wisdom teeth removed, if you've made it to the age of 30 and have not encountered any issues, you are most likely safe. It's rare to have people over the age of 30 run into issues with their wisdom teeth if they haven't already. The primary age for wisdom teeth problems is between 15 and 25. This is also the best time for removal because the jawbone is still soft and the wisdom tooth's roots have not yet fully developed. The younger you are when having wisdom teeth removed, generally the easier the recovery process will be.