Minneapolis Dental Office Answers Questions about Wisdom Teeth

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Often I see patients at my practice who are unaware that the discomfort they are experiencing is a result of impacted wisdom teeth. Today I’m going to answer some basic questions about wisdom teeth in order to give you a better understanding of the types of problems they can cause.

When do wisdom teeth erupt?
Some people never get wisdom teeth, but many others will have anywhere from one to four. Wisdom teeth, or “third molars”, located at the back of the mouth, are the last teeth to erupt - generally between the ages of 17-25. Often there is inadequate space in the mouth to allow wisdom teeth to erupt properly, resulting in an impacted tooth. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a number of serious and potentially dangerous problems.

What kind of problems can impacted wisdom teeth create?
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, St. Paul Dentistry performs extractions when an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection exists, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future, such as:
How can I tell if my wisdom teeth are a problem?
Early evaluation and treatment (typically in the mid-teen years) is recommended in order to identify potential problems and to improve results for patients requiring wisdom teeth extractions. At St. Paul Highland Park Dentist we can provide a thorough examination and suggest the best options for your particular case.