4. Wisdom tooth pain
Wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and usually grow through in your late teens or early twenties. The position of wisdom teeth at the back of your mouth means there isn’t always room for the teeth to grow through properly, meaning they can get stuck or grow at an angle. These are called impacted wisdom teeth and can cause severe pain.
If you’re experiencing severe wisdom pain, see your dentist as soon as you can. They’ll take X-rays of your mouth to see the growth of the teeth. From this, they can advise whether they need to be surgically removed. Wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they’re causing you severe pain and are a risk to your dental health.
If your wisdom tooth is impacted but isn’t removed, food and bacteria can get stuck around the tooth, causing plaque and eventually leading to long-term oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and dental abscesses. There’s no way to stop your wisdom teeth coming through, but, if you’re experiencing pain, make sure you see your dentist.