About Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also called “third molars”, are the last set of molars to erupt in the mouth. When properly aligned and surrounded by healthy gum tissue, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not generally the case and therefore, the wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Your wisdom teeth are latecomers; they usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. It is important to visit your dentist when your wisdom teeth begin to develop so that he or she can spot any potential problems before they occur. Our surgeons recommend wisdom teeth removal at a younger age (teen years) because the roots have not fully formed and the jawbone surrounding wisdom teeth is less dense. Younger patients experience fewer difficulties and usually recover more quickly than adult patients. Click here to see the development of wisdom teeth.

 

3 Reasons to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed:

  1. Partially blocked (impacted) wisdom teeth provide openings for bacteria to grow. Because it is difficult to clean this area, bacterial growth often leads to tooth decay, serious gum disease and infection.
  2. When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally, the teeth try to find their own path out. They can grow sideways or in other unnatural positions causing your teeth to get crowded and possibly overlap.
  3. Tumors and cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth which can cause serious damage to your jawbone and your other teeth.

 

The images below reveal some common dental conditions caused by problems with your wisdom teeth. 

cyst damage to second molars impacted and infected Photo of the mouth that shows teeth crowding caused by wisdom teeth.