Third molar teeth, or wisdom teeth, are the last four permanent teeth to grow in, usually between the ages of 18 to 24.
For some people not all four wisdom teeth will grow in and for many, wisdom teeth don’t come in properly or may become impacted. An impacted tooth is one that has become stuck either under the gum or as it pushes through the gum.
THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY WISDOM TEETH
Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and can cause inflammation, swelling and infection in the surrounding gum tissue.
Sometimes even non-impacted wisdom teeth cause problems. They can crowd the other teeth in your mouth and change your smile or your bite.
Most of the time extracting wisdom teeth is simple and won’t involve surgery, drilling or cutting the gum. Sometimes, with severely impacted teeth, you may require surgery to remove the wisdom teeth.
Your dentist will consult with you about your unique case.