Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth and are the teeth least needed for good oral health. More often than not, most patients have four wisdom teeth that erupt through the gums in their late teens or early twenties. However sometimes wisdom teeth can remain trapped in the jawbone under the gums because there is insufficient room for them to erupt. No matter the case, if the Doctor sees fit, these teeth can be removed in office.
Sometimes the question occurs, “why should I have my wisdom teeth removed if they don’t hurt?” Wisdom teeth can cause gum disease, crowding or other damage to adjacent teeth, decay (due to the inability of your toothbrush to keep the area clean) and even bone loss. Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms of problem wisdom teeth but whether you have obvious symptoms or not, it is important to diagnose existing or potential problems caused by your wisdom teeth. Removal is often the wisest decision for your health and well-being.