Otherwise known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop in the oral cavity; these teeth often grow in during the late teen years or early adulthood. The problem that most often occurs with these molars is that there is not enough space in the mouth for them to emerge. This can lead to impaction, infection, and nerve damage to other teeth and tooth roots. This is why we find removal to be the safest option for protecting your smile. Wisdom teeth are not always necessary to remove, but in the vast majority of cases, they are.
There are a total of four wisdom teeth (each located in the far back corners of the mouth). As soon as we notice their presence through your x-ray, we can begin formulating a plan regarding removal.
If you notice any of the below symptoms, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible. That way, we may pinpoint the location of your wisdom teeth and determine the necessity of extraction:
- Swollen or tender gums
- Difficulty with chewing
- Bad breath despite regular hygiene
- Swelling along the jaw