Extractions and Wisdom teeth surgery
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. They normally emerge through the gum between the ages of 17 to 23.
They can be problematic for many people as the jawbone often does not have enough ‘space’ to allow them to come through the gum sufficiently to be functional or to be cleaned.
This will result in frequent gum infections and increase the risk of decay to the wisdom teeth themselves and the other teeth adjacent to them.
Why do wisdom teeth hurt?
Wisdom teeth most commonly hurt because they erupt partially through the gum and result in a condition called “pericoronitis” or an infection of the gum around the wisdom tooth. This condition is amazingly painful in some cases, and can be managed with pain relief, time and
antibiotics. Pericoronitis can recur, and can be quite frequent. This usually precipitates the scheduling of wisdom tooth removal surgery.