What are wisdom teeth?
The third molars, which are also called wisdom teeth, usually come in when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. In most cases, there is not room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. When the wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may come in horizontally, be angled inward or outward, or be angled toward or away from the second molars. Poorly aligned wisdom teeth can crowd or damage the nearby teeth, the jawbone, or the nerves. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted, or stuck between the jawbone and the gums. Because of these issues, wisdom teeth often need to be extracted.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Ask Dr. Yoodong Moon about the positioning of your wisdom teeth. An X-ray will be taken periodically to detect the presence and alignment of your wisdom teeth. Our dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted before problems develop. This can avoid a more painful or more complicated extraction later. Wisdom teeth extraction is easier on young people because the roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. Recovery time tends to be longer in older patients.
We invite you to contact Precision Dental Partners today to learn more about wisdom teeth in Palatine, Illinois, and to schedule an appointment.