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Wisdom teeth is a bit of a taboo subject at times, but here’s all you need to know about this slightly misunderstood condition.

Like most of Ireland, we’ve become slightly addicted to the Rugby World Cup and our joy at the Irish victory over Canada was magnified beyond belief when we saw that epic Japanese victory over South Africa.

Every time we turn on the TV these days, there seems to be either a match or some magazine-style coverage of the tournament. Which probably explains why Brian O’Driscoll was on our screen recently, giving that very funny and obtuse comment about the nature of wisdom. Looking deadpan as ever, he explained that knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit – but wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

It’s certainly not the worst ever definition of wisdom that we’ve heard. But when it comes to your third set of pre-molars (or your wisdom teeth, as they're more commonly known), coming up with definitions of when they tend to afflict us – and who they afflict -  tend to be more difficult to nail.

We’d love to be able to say that they arrive at a specific age, but the time of your life when they appear is a bit vague. It's generally accepted that 17 to 25 is a good indicator – but that’s all it is, as you can have trouble with your wisdom teeth much later in life.

We mentioned earlier that wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. Your first set of molars will usually start to arrive when you're around 6, while the second set tend to appear at age 8 – after losing your ‘baby teeth’. That timescale is fairly definite, and is a very good rule of thumb.

Waiting for the third set of molars to arrive, however, can involve a lot of waiting. And for quite a few people, they’ll wait in vain as they’ll fortunately never have wisdom teeth – and the potential problems that they can bring with them.

You might be surprised to learn that the wisdom teeth start to form when you're as young as ten, but they’re very slow to grow and develop, which explains why you can be waiting until well into your twenties – and beyond – before they present fully.

There are a number of big issues that arise when wisdom teeth are on the way. First off, they can become impacted, which means that they’re ‘stuck’ within the gum or jawbone due to lack of room. Worse still, if the wisdom teeth only partially breaks out of the gums, small food particles can become trapped, leading to bacterial buildup and possibly some serious infection.


Do wisdom teeth always have to be removed?

Removal of wisdom teeth is not absolutely inevitable, but take our word for it that getting wisdom teeth removed is much better done sooner rather than later. If you have them extracted before the roots are fully formed, the incision is less deep and the overall process is less disconcerting.

And if you're wondering about wisdom teeth removal cost, you needn’t be overly concerned. Despite the fact that it’s a relatively major procedure, we provide non-surgical wisdom tooth extraction for just €125 – or €200 if it’s a surgical extraction.

The difference in wisdom tooth extraction cost, as you can see, depends on the method of extraction. Surgical extraction means that even if the tooth is visible in the mouth, surgical techniques such as sectioning the tooth may be necessary to remove it.


Want to know more?

If you’d like to read some more about the topic of wisdom teeth, here’s a good starting point – the ever-helpful WebMD website - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/wisdom-teeth-adult