Normally, we have three permanent molars that develop in the back areas of our upper and lower jaw. The first molars usually develop in the mouth at around the age of six. The second molars develop usually around the age of twelve. And the third molars also know as wisdom teeth, generally erupt in adolescence.
In many cases, wisdom teeth do not develop properly or have a poor bite relationship in the mouth. There is also the potential risk of the wisdom tooth crowding or damaging the neighbouring molar or posing harm to the jaw bone and its nerves. Often when wisdom teeth grow toward the neighbouring molar, it can trap plaque and debris making your teeth vulnerable to decay. To avoid potential problems later in life, early removal of wisdom teeth is recommended. As wisdom teeth are prone to cause problems as the patient ages.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth:
- Infection in the mouth
- Facial swelling
- Swelling of the gum line in the back of the mouth
Wisdom teeth are typically removed after the roots are formed, or at least three-fourths developed. This is usually occurs in the adolescent years.