The main reason why wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly is due to spacing problems in the mouth. If there is not enough space, your teeth can quite easily come out in various angles and impact other teeth and cause discomfort and even pain if that happens.
Why do wisdom teeth cause problems?
This really comes down to evolution. The human race now has too many teeth for their mouths and not enough space. As we have evolved over the years, our bodies and mouths have changed, and as a result, this issue has occurred.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through and will likely erupt around 15-25 years of age. They are the third molars and are often referred to as wisdom teeth as you are older (and wiser) when they start to come through. When you have all your teeth in your mouth, and the wisdom teeth begin to come through, it is very common for complications to arise.
Will I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
This is very much a case-by-case question. It is common to have headaches, and some discomfort as the wisdom teeth come through. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will need to be extracted, as the pain can resolve itself when they settle into their fixed position. However, in some instances, if there is an impaction with the other teeth, it can cause severe pain and may need to be extracted.
My teeth hurt – what should I do?
If you are experiencing pain, it is worth having your wisdom teeth examined by your dentist to see how they are erupting and for any potential issues to be addressed. If you are worried about your wisdom teeth or are in pain, please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Ascent Dental Care practice in Loughborough, Malvern, Solihull or Tamworth and book an appointment with our dental professionals.