Wisdom teeth (the third molars), are usually the last four of 32 teeth to surface in the mouth. The term “wisdom” stems from the idea that the molars surface at a time typically associated with increased maturity or “wisdom” (in this case, between 17 and 25 years of age).
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Having trouble with your wisdom teeth growing in?
Wisdom Teeth Examination and Extraction
Most people lack the space required for wisdom teeth to erupt and function properly. When this happens, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, causing infection, damage to other teeth, and cysts or tumors. For this reason, your dentist may recommend having them removed.
An examination including x-rays can determine if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Putting off removal is not advised, as doing so can damage surrounding teeth, adversely affect your bite and jaw position, and cause infection.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure that is most often performed under local anesthesia. After the extraction, you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort.