Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are third molars, which generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. In many instances, wisdom teeth do not fully come out and remain either partially or completely covered by gum. Your dentist may recommend extracting your wisdom teeth in some cases, such as:
 
  • Presence or prevention of an infection,
  • Inflammation of the surrounding gums,
  • Damage to an adjacent tooth,
  • Irritation to the cheek,
  • Tooth decay,
  • Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease).

Your dentist will need to take a panoramic x-ray (full mouth x-ray) before the extraction in order to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and their proximity to important structures such as sinuses and nerves.