Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last of the permanent teeth in a person's mouth to erupt, typically during the teenage years. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each of the four quadrants. It is possible for a person to have more than four, less than four, or even none at all, but these are less common scenarios. When they erupt, there may be some discomfort. However, if there is any pain, you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get a proper examination.
First, you will meet with Dr. Duncan for a consultation. This will include a review of current, past, and family medical history. There will be a thorough oral examination, as well as evaluations of your heart and lungs. A treatment plan will be formulated to include necessary procedures and materials, along with the duration and type of anesthesia (local, nitrous oxide, sedation, or general anesthesia). Not every situation is the same, so we are unable to provide a treatment plan until Dr. Duncan has examined and evaluated you. Please scroll down or click here to watch the video having wisdom teeth surgery for more details.
If you are fortunate enough to have your wisdom teeth erupt properly, you may decide not to have them removed. However, make sure you continue to have routine professional cleanings, annual exams, and periodic x-rays to watch for changes. Just because they are not a problem now does not mean they will not become an issue in the future.
Check out this great video from the AAOMS about wisdom teeth management.