Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually come in at the end of adolescence or by one’s mid-twenties. They sometimes come in later, or not at all.
When should a wisdom tooth be removed?
When wisdom teeth are properly aligned, they can be very useful for chewing food. But when they cause issues in your mouth, it is perfectly safe to have them removed.
In some cases, the wisdom tooth has erupted but it’s covered by a flap of gum, called an operculum. An operculectomy, which entails removing the flap, can be performed to avoid having to extract the tooth.
Surgery is the preferred option when the tooth is fully or partially impacted in the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the following problems:
To avoid future complications or damage to adjacent teeth, removing the wisdom tooth is advised.
At any age, third molars can suddenly cause a series of problems, even if they were previously asymptomatic (impacted or not).