Wisdom teeth are the third molars, located at the very back of the jaw, and are normally the last teeth to develop. They generally emerge between the ages of 15 to 20 years old.
Most people have 4 wisdom teeth, and many do not have adequate space for these teeth completely erupt and become fully functional. As well, wisdom teeth will decay more often than other teeth because of being located at the back of the jaw makes cleaning them properly a challenge.
If you do not have enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt, they can become impacted and a number of problems can arise: infection, damage to other teeth, damage to the jaw bone by cyst formation, and possibly crowding of the other teeth. Unless you have an active problem, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term dental problems.
While discussing your wisdon teeth extractions with the dentist, they will present options for you to consider: in office treatment, referral to an oral surgeon, oral sedation, as well as, pre and post-operative instructions.
Consent Forms For the Extraction of the Wisdon Teeth