Conditions of Wisdom Teeth You Must Know

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, will usually erupt in the early twenties or late teens. Before eruption, they begin to grow within the jawbone. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that develops in adults, and this could be seen by taking a pantomograph (a type of X Ray). With this method, your dentist will find out any of the following three conditions before deciding to go ahead with wisdom teeth removal at reasonable cost in Sydney. Such three types include:

  1. Impacted
  2. Partially Erupted
  3. Fully Erupted


When the wisdom teeth is stuck below the gum and underneath the jawbone, it is called impacted wisdom teeth. When there’s not enough room for the tooth to grow, it tries to grow inclined towards surrounding teeth, thus leading to crowding. This is the most common form of wisdom teeth condition. When impacted, it could lead to problems such as

  • cysts or tumours that shall affect the bone, teeth and nerve tissue
  • root resorption, a phenomenon where a wisdom tooth pushes against the root of the second molar and eventually the root of the second molar is dissolved.

Partially Erupted:

A wisdom tooth that has not come all the way through the gums refers to partially erupted wisdom tooth. This is risky because it creates an open pocket in the gum, allowing food particles and bacteria to be trapped. This can lead to pains and infections as well. Problems associated with this condition includes:

  • Pericoronitis, which refers to the infection that occurs around a partially erupted wisdom teeth. This can be painful to an extent that one cannot fully open their mouth.
  • Caries, otherwise known as cavity, that forms when it is hard to clean the pocket in the gums.
  • Periodontal disease, which inflames the gums and leads to bone loss around the area.

Fully Erupted:

For those lucky few, wisdom teeth might erupt from the gums, pointing in the right direction and coming out perfectly as they have enough room to grow. Even though this is a good condition of wisdom teeth, they are subject to risks as well. The risk is more because of the positioning of the teeth.

  • Caries, which are often found with fully erupted wisdom teeth as they are positioned far back in the jaw and is difficult to be brushed.
  • Periodontal disease commonly occurs because proper oral hygiene is difficult with third molars. Brushing and flossing of fully erupted teeth is a challenge when it comes to fully erupted teeth.

Not all wisdom teeth are to be mandatorily removed. When wisdom teeth erupts properly without causing any pain and infections, you don’t have to be worried about removing it. If you encounter any of the above three conditions, deal with a wisdom teeth removal specialist in Sydney, and enjoy a stress-free life.