When will my wisdom teeth come through?

There is no exact answer to the question, “When will my wisdom teeth come through?” But as a vague rule most people tend to get their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25.

Also known as ‘third molars’, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through and come in much later than other adult teeth. Some people even find that their wisdom teeth will come through years after their twenties.

In total, adults can expect to get four wisdom teeth: two on each side, one on the top jaw and one of the bottom. These four teeth complete the full set of 32 adult teeth found in humans. However, a lot of people’s jaws are not big enough to accommodate the full set, and so a set of 28 is common.

In some cases wisdom teeth won’t come through unless another tooth is removed, perhaps due to decay. This is because the extraction frees up space in the mouth for the extra molar to push through.

We get many people worried about the pain of having wisdom teeth come through, but unless the tooth is impacted – that is to say that it tries to come through but gets stuck against the tooth in front of it and emerges at an angle – wisdom teeth won’t cause much discomfort.

As with all dental health matters, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly and using mouthwash will help to limit the chances of infection as your teeth push through your gums.

The most important thing to remember is that keeping up with regular dentist appointments will help to monitor the health of your mouth in general, and ensure that any problems with emerging wisdom teeth are spotted early!

So give us a call on 020 8088 2079 to book yourself in for that appointment, or if you’d like any advice regarding your own wisdom teeth.