Also referred to as “third molars” the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow and erupt from your gums. They appear at the far back of your mouth on the upper and lower jaw and on both sides. Typically, wisdom teeth begin to appear during the late teenage years or even into your twenties.
You may be confused if your wisdom teeth have yet to appear, but your dentist recommends their removal. Even if you wisdom teeth have yet to erupt, they can pose risks to your smile. Below the surface of the gums your wisdom teeth can begin to crowd and change the spacing of your existing teeth. Even if you do not see them and are not in any pain, it may be important to have them removed.
The younger you are, the easier it will be to have your wisdom teeth removed. The longer you wait the more time the roots will have to form and take hold in the jaw. Removing a wisdom tooth later can result in nerve damage to the jaw.
Failing to remove your wisdom teeth can lead to cosmetic imperfections but also jaw pain, swelling, gum disease and infection. Contact us to learn more today.