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Wisdom Teeth Lifecycle

It doesn’t matter where you come from, where you live or whether you are male or female. The truth is that as a human, you will get two sets of teeth during your lifetime.

The first set we get as children and are often referred to as ‘baby teeth’ or ‘milk teeth’. There are twenty teeth in this primary set and they begin to fall out at the ages of 6 or 7 coinciding with frequent visits from the ‘tooth fairy’.

As you may already know, these baby teeth are eventually replaced by a second set of teeth more commonly known as ‘adult teeth’. As adults, you gain 12 extra teeth so a complete set is made up of 32 teeth. This set of teeth consists of 8 incisors, 8 premolars, 4 canines and 12 molars.

Where do Wisdom Teeth fit in with this?

Wisdom teeth are known as the third molars and are the last teeth to develop in the mouth usually appearing in your late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth grow at the back of the mouth and approximately 85% of people who have wisdom teeth will require removal before complications arise.

What complications can arise from Wisdom Teeth?

Although it is not necessary for all people to have their wisdom teeth removed as there are a few lucky people for whom their wisdom teeth will not pose a problem. However for most people, not tending to their wisdom teeth can cause issues such as:

  • Teeth crowding
  • Damage adjacent teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Swelling
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth pain
  • Infections

Wisdom Teeth Removal

It is encouraged to get your wisdom teeth removed if needed in your late teens sometimes even before they begin to emerge. If you are unsure or you are experiencing discomfort it is best to book yourself an appointment with a dentist who will provide you with correct advice on how to proceed.

So if you are seeking advice on wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth removal costs or have a wisdom teeth emergency, contact The Wisdom Teeth Professionals on 1 800 WISDOM. You will find a wisdom teeth professional or an affordable oral surgeon in Melbourne or Sydney!

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