Wisdom teeth erupt after all the other teeth have grown in. If the mouth is already crowded then wisdom teeth can cause issues. For example, wisdom teeth often come in sideways or become impacted beneath the other molars. This causes pressure, pain, and can hurt the neighboring teeth. Wisdom teeth in these positions usually need to be removed to protect the other teeth and to keep the mouth healthy. Another issue is that many people have trouble keeping the wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth clean; these teeth can become more susceptible to cavities and decay. The dentists at 866-FIX-TEETH will provide advice on whether or not your wisdom teeth extraction is necessary.
Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to emerge in the back of your mouth. They typically grow in during your late teenage years or early 20s. They are your third molars and in some cases complete your full set of teeth. However, in most cases, wisdom teeth cause pain because there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate these teeth or because they do not grow in correctly.
We normally try to avoid removing teeth but the wisdom teeth are an exception to this rule. We use the most advanced forms of anesthetic or sedation, innovative tools, and techniques to remove wisdom teeth with as little discomfort as possible. Some wisdom teeth are removed with loosening and a gentle tug. However, teeth that are impacted or have only partially emerged, typically need a minor procedure to cut the tooth out of the gums. Before the procedure, the doctor will review the approach he or she is going to use so patients can address concerns about the procedure or the recovery period.