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, and even none at all, but these are less common scenarios. When they erupt in there can be some discomfort, but if there is any pain you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get a proper examination.
You will meet with one of our surgeons for a consultation first, to include a review of current, past, and family medical history. There will be a thorough oral examination and evaluations to include listening to your heart and lungs. A treatment plan will be formulated to include needed and necessary procedures and materials, along with type and duration of anesthesia (local, nitrous oxide, sedation, or general anesthesia) Remember not every situation is the same, so we can't provide a treatment plan until one of our oral surgeons has examined and evaluated you first. Please scroll down or click here to watch the video having wisdom teeth surgery for more details.
If you are one of those fortunate patients that have their wisdom teeth to fully erupt and are healthy and correctly positioned 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 doesn't mean they can't or won't become an issue in the future.
Check out this great video from the AAOMS about wisdom teeth management.
Check out this great video from the AAOMS about having 3rd molar surgery.