Just hearing the words “wisdom teeth” usually evokes painful memories for most people. Wisdom teeth are, in fact, no one’s favorite teeth. Many people will have one or all of them removed at some point in their lives. Sadly, they just cause too many problems. Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, which occurs between the ages of 17 and 21. By this time, there is little room left in the mouth. They can erupt sideways, partially, or not at all (impacted). This can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. Your dentist will most likely recommend their removal.
If wisdom teeth are impacted, oral surgery will be necessary. Usually your dentist isn’t skilled in this area and an oral surgeon will be brought in. Because it is surgery, you will need to be heavily sedated or asleep. Choosing not to have your wisdom teeth removed can lead to the shifting of surrounding teeth and jaw pain, not to mention the pain of the tooth itself. Therefore, it’s important to visit your dentist at the first sign of a problem.