Wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of the jaw. They are found on both the top and bottom jaws, so there are almost always four present. They are also the last teeth to emerge, and this happens, on average, from ages 16 – 20. Because wisdom teeth are almost always the last teeth to come in, there is usually not enough room left in the mouth to accommodate them. Therefore, they often cause problems to the layout of your teeth and to your oral health.
When wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause painful crowding, and if they are ignored and become impacted (trapped under the gum tissue by other bones and teeth) uncomfortable swelling, tenderness, and even disease can set in.
Oral surgery is required for wisdom teeth removal, and it is a relatively routine procedure that our dentists, Dr, Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek, are familiar with. Here at Dakota Ridge Dental in Littleton, Colorado, our team is committed to providing you with professional service and hopes to help you with all your oral health care needs.
Removal of wisdom teeth due to teeth because of crowding or impaction should not affect your bite or your future oral health. If you would like to come in for a consultation or if you have questions about your wisdom teeth and the removal procedure, please call at 303.933.2420 to speak with one of our friendly team members.