What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a pair of molars—your third set to be precise. Your first molars1 appear at around 6 or 7 years of age, followed by your second set at around 12-13 years of age. When you’re older, your third set of molars, and your final adult teeth, come through.
Signs your wisdom teeth have appeared
Healthy wisdom teeth are there to help you chew and although you might feel a little discomfort at first, some people don’t even notice they’ve come through.
Sometimes wisdom teeth come through in the wrong position, or don’t have enough space (also known as impacted) and this can have a few roll-on effects for the rest of your mouth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding, making it more difficult to clean between your teeth and causing plaque to build-up. When plaque is left unchecked it can lead to things like decay, bad breath and gum disease.
Sometimes the pressure of impacted wisdom teeth can also cause cysts to form, damaging the bones and roots of neighboring teeth.
Although impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause pain, you might notice2 jaw pain, red or swollen gums, or have difficult opening your mouth.