It is important for the dentist to take an x-ray of the wisdom teeth to check the position of the roots and assess whether there is space for them.  If there is insufficient space for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, we can plan for their removal.

Sometimes a wisdom tooth partially erupts – it comes only part way through the gum. A flap of gum can remain covering the wisdom tooth – this can trap food and bacteria under it.  The trapped food and bacteria cause inflammation and pain. This type of infection is called acute pericoronitis.

Signs of acute pericoronitis include a bad taste, pain and swelling around the back teeth and limited mouth opening.

Wisdom teeth, despite their name, can be the dumbest tooth in your mouth. If you are having problems with them then it is important to see your Dentist promptly.

Our clinic can provide assistance to you.