Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, get their name because they are the last teeth to erupt. Since they don’t typically erupt until after age 17, they can cause crowding issues because there is little room left in the mouth for the wisdom teeth. As a result, the wisdom teeth can erupt sideways or only partially erupt and become impacted.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, some people never develop wisdom teeth. Your dentist will be able to decide what is right for you based on findings at your regular examinations and through inspecting your dental X-rays.
Even if your wisdom teeth grow in and are not impacted, they can cause future problems such as shifting of nearby teeth, jaw issues, sinus problems, bone-destroying tumors or cysts and gum tissue. Be sure to visit your dentist twice per year to ensure the prevention of future dental issues.
To learn about post-operative care after wisdom teeth removal, read wisdom teeth recovery.
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