Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, all of the way in the back of your mouth.

What symptoms can be caused by painful wisdom teeth?

Patients experiencing wisdom tooth pain may notice:

  • Aching in the back of the jaw
  • Red, swollen and bleeding gums
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide enough to eat or brush

If my wisdom teeth aren’t bothering me, why should I have them removed?

If your dentist or orthodontist recommends the removal of your wisdom teeth, it’s better to act sooner than later. Not only do you heal faster and more efficiently when you’re younger, but the procedure is also less risky because the wisdom teeth roots aren’t fully developed.

What can happen if I don’t have my wisdom teeth removed?

The most common problems that develop when wisdom teeth aren’t removed include:

Infection – If a wisdom tooth can’t erupt completely, a localized gum infection called pericoronitis may occur, causing pain, swelling, or difficulty opening the mouth completely.

Cyst Formation – Cysts associated with impacted wisdom teeth may develop and damage surrounding teeth and bone.

Damage to adjacent teeth – Due to their position, wisdom teeth can cause decay in the teeth in front of them. This decay may require additional treatment or even extraction.