Wisdom teeth start to erupt around 18 years of age. They are the very last teeth in the mouth and do not have a specific function. There usually isn’t room in the mouth for these teeth and they generally become painful and need to be removed. Wisdom teeth can cause prolonged pain, swelling and infection or even damage to the next existing tooth. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen, the jaw may become stiff and sore.
Having wisdom teeth removed is often the only way to permanently relieve painful symptoms. Although antibiotics can provide temporary relief, the symptoms can unfortunately return in the future.