Also known as the third molar, wisdom teeth erupt generally between the ages of 16-25. Depending on the how they erupt, removal may be required to ensure long term oral health.
Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in and have no problems. Often however, the development of wisdom teeth can present a series of complications.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
The most common cause of dental emergencies related to wisdom teeth occurs when the tooth partially erupt and gets “stuck” in the gums. Patients arrive in pain, difficulty fully opening the mouth and an infection. Wisdom teeth that grow in sideways, can cause cavities on the wisdom tooth itself or on the neighbouring second molar which are important for overall function.
Often, wisdom teeth can also shift teeth and affect the overall bite. Extraction will help prevent this problem.