Wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt into the mouth; usually they appear in the late teens or early twenties. Most people who have wisdom teeth do not have enough room for them to fully come into a position where they function properly and are accessible for proper cleaning and maintenance. Other people have wisdom teeth that they are not even aware of because they are impacted or stuck below the gums, having formed at an angle and got stuck in a position where they would not come in. In some cases this is not a problem, but in other cases, if the tooth is in a position where bacteria from the mouth can get to the tooth, or can get to the contact between the impacted wisdom tooth and the adjacent tooth it contacts, it can cause a cavity to form on the tooth that came in properly, or the area around the tooth can get infected. If the wisdom tooth is not removed in time, you may loose both teeth. Another reason wisdom teeth should be looked at in a timely manner for removal, has to do with the possibility of nerve damage. When the roots are allowed to fully form before removal, they get very close to the nerve that runs through the jawbone. If, during the removal of the wisdom teeth, this nerve is injured, which becomes more likely as the roots grow closer and closer to the nerve, the lip can be left numb for a period of time, or indefinitely.
It is always better to be safe than sorry. We can take a panoramic x ray to look at how the wisdom teeth are forming and discuss early whether any of these problems apply to you so that we can plan accordingly.
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