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Wisdom Teeth – What You Need to Know

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Introduction:

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. At Nundah Central Dental, we understand that the arrival of wisdom teeth can bring about several concerns and questions. This blog post aims to provide comprehensive information about wisdom teeth, including signs of their emergence, potential problems, and treatment options.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. While some individuals have no issues with their wisdom teeth, others may experience pain, infection, or other dental problems.

Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In:

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  • Pain and Discomfort: A common sign is pain at the back of your mouth.
  • Swollen Gums: You might notice redness and swelling around the area.
  • Difficulty Opening Your Mouth: This can occur due to swelling and discomfort.
  • Bad Breath: Infections around the wisdom teeth can cause bad breath.

For more details on identifying dental issues, visit our dental check-ups page.

Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth:

  • Impaction: When there isn’t enough space for the teeth to emerge, they can become impacted.
  • Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can lead to infections.
  • Crowding: Emerging wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment.
  • Cysts and Tumors: In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to cysts or tumors.

Treatment Options for Wisdom Teeth:

  • Monitoring: Regular dental visits can help monitor the development of your wisdom teeth.
  • Extraction: If problems arise, removing the wisdom teeth may be necessary.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relief can help manage symptoms before treatment.

When to See a Dentist:

If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, or any signs of infection, it’s crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible. Early intervention can prevent more severe problems.

To schedule a consultation, visit our contact page or learn more about our wisdom tooth extractions services.

Conclusion:

Understanding the signs and potential issues associated with wisdom teeth can help you make informed decisions about your dental health. If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Nundah Central Dental. Our team is here to provide the care and support you need.

Need an Appointment?

If you have any questions about your kid’s gums and teeth feel free to call us at (07) 3130 4472 and our friendly team at Nundah Central Dental will assist you.