Wisdom teeth start forming in the jaw around age 8 or 9 and they begin to erupt anywhere between ages 17 and 22. Some lucky people have wisdom teeth that emerge and perfectly line up with the teeth next to them. However, most of these teeth are hopelessly impacted because the jaw length does not grow enough to accommodate them or the other teeth are too crowded, leaving no room for them to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth look like they are growing sideways in the jaw. If left in the jaw at a sideways position or partially erupted state they can cause problems that are sometimes severe.
Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to:
Considering the removal of these teeth, our specialists will check to see if there is enough room in the jaw, look for any cavities or cyst formation around the tooth, and determine if there could be damage to the adjacent tooth or jawbone. Removal of these teeth is meant to prevent any future problems. This is usually done by an oral surgeon while you are asleep under anesthesia. We have a network of trusted oral surgeons who we work with who will make this process as easy as possible.