Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars located in the very back of the mouth. They are the last teeth to grow in and can sometimes cause problems if they become impacted. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about wisdom teeth in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that dont have enough room to emerge or grow normally.

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth. Wisdom teeth usually emerge sometime between the ages of 17 and 25.

Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth two on the top and two on the bottom.

In many cases, the mouth is too crowded for third molars to develop normally. These crowded third molars become trapped, or impacted. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no apparent or immediate problems. But they are hard to clean, making them more vulnerable to decay and gum disease.

In other instances, impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to other teeth and other dental problems.

Impacted wisdom teeth that cause pain or other dental complications are usually removed. Some dentists and oral surgeons also recommend removing impacted wisdom teeth that dont cause symptoms to prevent future problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.