Wisdom teeth (3rd molars) are the last teeth to
errupt into the mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of
16 and 25.
Anthropolopists have noted that the rough diet of early man caused
excessive wear on their teeth, this casued a normal shifting forward
of teeth and allowed space for the third molars to errupt. The
jaws of modern man are not generally large enough to accomodate
these final four teeth.
An IMPACTED TOOTH is when there is not enough room in the dental
arch for a tooth to fully errupt. Impacted and partially impacted
teeth can be painful and lead to infection, they may also crowd
or damage adjacent teeth or roots. More serious problems can occur
if a cyst develops around the tooth.
Problems may arise with wisdom teeth without pain or symptoms.
As wisdom teeth develop, their roots grow and the teeth become
more difficult to remove, and complications become more likely.
Your surgeon may recommend removal of these teeth, even if they
are not causing you problems. Before surgery your surgeon will
examine your mouth, x-ray and review your medical history. He
will discuss with you what you should expect. This is a good time
to ask questions and express concerns.
of wisdom teeth using special surgical techniques, can be performed
in our office, or under certain circumstances in a hospital setting.
You will be able to resume normal activities within a few days.