Wisdom teeth can often be the cause of pain and lead to serious health problems Your wisdom teeth generally begin to erupt between the ages of 17-21 and are the last set of molars to come through. Some people’s wisdom teeth come through and do not require any extraction as their jaw is large enough to accommodate the extra teeth, however, most people will experience pain and need to have one or more of them removed. Why do we have wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are evolutionary remnants from when our diets very different than they are today. Wisdom teeth were once useful replacements for teeth that may have been broken or lost due to disease and chewing on hard items. These days with softer diets and modern dental techniques, wisdom teeth are no longer necessary. In ancient times, wisdom teeth were very useful as our diets were very different. Teeth were often lost or broken due to disease or from chewing on hard objects. The wisdom teeth acted as a handy replacement for these missing or broken teeth. However, due to modern diets and health care, wisdom teeth are no longer necessary. Wisdom teeth removal Not all people who have their wisdom teeth come through require extraction. Often people who have a jaw wide enough to accommodate the new teeth will not experience any pain, discomfort or functional limitation. This is very normal and unless you feel any pain or the new teeth limit your ability to eat, speak and chew, then they will not need to be removed. Once you start to feel pain, you should book an appointment with the team at Surf Coast Dental to assess the condition of your wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that does not have enough room present for it to erupt comfortably inside your mouth. This can cause the tooth to come through at an angle and run into other teeth. If these are ignored, you may develop a range of serious oral and overall health problems such as: Infection Impacted wisdom teeth can cause the gums to become infected, leading to swelling and discomfort. Infection can become very painful and affect a number of bodily functions. You should have any infections treated as soon as possible so they do not begin to spread to other areas of the body. Crowding Impacted wisdom teeth with apply pressure to other teeth which can cause crowding. This may ruin previous dental and orthodontic work. Damage and Decay Impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to the second molar and result in decay, infection and many more oral health issues. Wisdom teeth extraction at Surf Coast Dental in Torquay It is important to book in an appointment at Surf Coast Dental as soon as you begin to notice your wisdom teeth coming through. If you leave it too long and your wisdom teeth become impacted, you greatly increase the risk of tooth decay, damage, gum disease and other oral health problems. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.