What are wisdom teeth?
Along with the first two sets of molars, people have a third set of molars. This third set of molars, often called wisdom teeth, begin to erupt between the ages 17 and 21.
Do I need to worry?
Our wisdom teeth can be problematic when they begin to erupt, and most people opt to have them removed. Dr. Fink is committed to ensuring our wisdom teeth removal treatments and services are as comfortable as possible.
The third molars are typically the last teeth to come in. Because they are the last to erupt, there is often not enough room for the third molars to grow in as they should. When there is not sufficient space in the mouth for these molars, they may become impacted (unable to fully break through the gum tissues and jawbone), or they may grow in at an incorrect angle. Those that do not erupt as they properly can lead to several dental problems, such as:
• Disturbing the natural tooth alignment or orthodontic treatment • Damage to the neighboring teeth • Tooth decay • Infection and inflammation in the gums and other tissues • The formation of cysts • Damage to the jawbone
Dr. Fink may recommend wisdom teeth removal to avoid these serious complications. Not all patients will develop all four of their third molars. Some even go their entire lives without even one of their third molars forming! A dental exam will easily determine whether you have a full set of wisdom teeth.