Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaw. For some people, they grow in without concern. For others, impacted, partially emerged or crooked wisdom teeth might necessitate care from a dental professional. This often happens because there is not enough room left in the mouth to support the additional four teeth.
Treatment for wisdom teeth that must be removed varies depending on whether they have erupted or are impacted. If erupted, the teeth can often be pulled, sometimes with only local anesthesia. If impacted, oral surgery is necessary. Both options can cause some swelling, tenderness, and discomfort, but this is a temporary condition. Most patients find relief within one or two days.
If wisdom teeth are cramping your smile, call us for an evaluation and treatment recommendations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are wisdom teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are your third molars and the furthest teeth from the front of your mouth. They typically erupt on both the top and bottom jaw and are the last teeth to present in the mouth.
When will my wisdom teeth erupt?
The typical age when this happens is between 18 and 21 years of age. This does vary by person though. If you are over the age of 21 and your wisdom teeth have not erupted, radiographs are sometimes advised to determine if they might be impacted.
Is it always necessary to remove wisdom teeth?
Though it is common to remove wisdom teeth, it is not always necessary. Some people have plenty of space in their mouth for some or even all four. Individuals who do have their wisdom teeth should take extra care while brushing as these teeth are prone to decay since they can be difficult to reach.
If my wisdom teeth are causing pain, what should I do?
Call Oso Marguerite Dental and schedule a consultation if you are concerned about your wisdom teeth. After a thorough exam, we will develop a treatment plan and make recommendations about whether or not the removal of your wisdom teeth is necessary.