Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars)

Wisdom teeth are also called the third molars.

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow into a person’s mouth during their late teens to early twenties. While wisdom teeth are not inherently bad, there are a number of issues that they can cause in their development.  Being in the back of jaw bones, it is often difficult for the tooth to erupt properly in the mouth.

When a wisdom tooth is growing incorrectly, we say that the tooth is “impacted.”  Impacted wisdom teeth can allow for food and bacteria to get stuck in the area, which can lead to cavities.  The wisdom tooth can also become trapped under the gum, or the tooth can rub against and damage the tooth in front of it.   In most cases, it is recommended that impacted wisdom teeth be extracted before they cause any severe damage in the mouth.