Adults can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to appear, right at the back of the mouth. They usually appear between 17 and 25, although sometimes they appear many years later. People often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth to fit - 28 is often the most we have room for. So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.
HOW IS WISDOM TEETH DIAGNOSED?
The dental team will usually take x-rays to see the position of the root, and to decide whether there is room for the tooth to come through into a useful position.
HOW IS WISDOM TEETH TREATED?
The treatment procedure depends on the problems caused by these Wisdom Teeth. In some cases, complete removal of the teeth is suggested and medicines are given for pain relief and fever. In other cases, the patient may let the teeth be if it is not causing any problems.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As people age, they are at greater risk for health problems—and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth.