Wisdom teeth, also called 3rd molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This generally occurs between 17-21 years of age. Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space in your jaw to accommodate them or if they come through in the wrong position, like this patient. If your dentist says your teeth are “impacted”, that means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if there are changes in the mouth, such …as:
• Damage to neighboring teeth
• Gum disease
• Tooth decay
Your dentist may also recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of orthodontic treatment or other dental care. Regular dental exams and xrays allow your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and your overall dental health so they can make the best recommendations possible.