Wisdom Teeth

Definition of Wisdom Teeth

The molars at the very back of your mouth are called wisdom teeth. People get wisdom teeth from late adolescence to early twenties. When you get wisdom teeth, it usually causes problems to the mouth due to the teeth can be growing horizontally, angled away from or toward the second molars, or misaligned. The wisdom teeth may be impacted, which means the teeth are not coming out of the gum completely or becoming trapped completely within the soft tissue and the jawbone.

While having wisdom teeth is good for your mouth, they cause problems if they come out misaligned.

When Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

  • A dentist will recommend removal of wisdom teeth if:
  • The jaw is not can’t keep extra teeth that may be used for crushing or chewing food.
  • The teeth only came out partially and are causing severe pain or discomfort. Teeth that have partially erupted can soon become decayed tooth due to their misalignment.
  • Misaligned wisdom teeth damaging or crowding surrounding nerves, the jawbone, and surrounding teeth.
  • Cysts start to form and begin damaging surrounding nerves, the jawbone, and surrounding teeth.

Having wisdom teeth changes the position of your teeth. You should get the advice of a dentist regarding the positioning of your teeth if you have developed wisdom teeth to know for sure what you need to do.

To make sure you have wisdom teeth, a dentist will perform an x-ray scan. The x-ray also determines the structure of the new teeth so the dentist can recommend treatment if necessary. Immediate extraction of wisdom teeth may be recommended when you experience problems having them. Immediate extraction of wisdom teeth that are causing you problems is performed to keep you from having a complicated or painful extractions sooner or later.

Even wisdom teeth that did not break through can cause problems if not removed. Periodic x-rays to monitor your wisdom teeth is helpful. Your doctor may recommend removal or surgery of your wisdom teeth if they cause problems.

You should not wait until having your wisdom teeth removed. It is usually best if they are removed when you are still young because the teeth have not yet developed completely and the bones are still soft. Of course it is still possible to extract your wisdom teeth when you are older, but recovery is longer. If you have developed wisdom teeth, talk to your dentist about your options.