Wisdom teeth are generally the last teeth to develop in your mouth. Located at the very back of the mouth, they usually develop in the late teens or early twenties, but can erupt anytime between the ages of 14-30. While some people never get their wisdom teeth, and for others they grow in properly and cause no problems at all, for many others wisdom teeth can prove to be very problematic, and dental intervention is necessary to avoid complications. If problematic wisdom teeth are left untreated, it could lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and occlusion problems.
Oftentimes there is not enough room to accommodate wisdom teeth, which can impede their ability to grow into the mouth correctly. For some people, the wisdom teeth only partially emerge through the gums, which can result in cavities, crowding issues with the surrounding teeth, gum infections, and/or severe pain. When they are first developing, the wisdom teeth may begin to grow in an unusual direction. This uneven development may be responsible for several problems, including crowding and damage to the adjacent second molars. When there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt into your mouth at all, this is known as ‘Impacted Wisdom Teeth.’ When wisdom teeth are impacted in the jaw, the opening around the teeth may become a fertile ground for bacteria to start developing, leading to infection in the gum tissues causing severe discomfort, swelling, pain, and illness. Early removal of impacted wisdom teeth is often recommended to avoid future problems and to avoid costly surgical procedures.