You wisdom teeth (or third molars to be technical) are typically the last teeth to erupt in your mouth.
Most people elect to remove their wisdom teeth in their teen years, however if they are healthy and not crowding your other teeth, your wisdom teeth can be useful. The primary reason for their removal if they are healthy, is because they may compromise orthodontic treatment by crowding your mouth and therefore shifting your straight teeth. Also, a fully erupted wisdom tooth can be very hard to clean and may become severely decayed. In these instances, they must be removed in order to maintain oral health.
Extraction is almost always recommended for your wisdom teeth if they only partially erupt or become impacted. This can often cause swelling, pain and even infection of the surrounding gum. In these cases wisdom teeth can also put pressure on the adjacent teeth just like a fully erupted wisdom tooth, which can result in permanent damage to these otherwise healthy teeth and their surrounding bone. Sometimes, impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to the formation of cysts, if you notice swelling or pain in or around your back molars, please do not hesitate to call our office.