Wisdom teeth, or the last molar in our mouth, typically begin growing in the late teens or early adulthood. While some patients may be lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth grow in completely normal–or never even erupt, this is typically not the case.
Wisdom teeth cause problems due to their positioning in the mouth. Because they are so far back, cleaning is much more difficult, causing a risk for cavities and infection. In addition, wisdom teeth often become impacted due to the minimal amount of space in the jaw. This can cause crowding, pain and gum infection.
Extracting wisdom teeth can be a source of anxiety for many patients, which is why the dentists at Mount Pleasant Dental are happy to offer sedation options for all our patients. Please remember that early removal of wisdom teeth means that there will be much less of a chance for complications to occur.