Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth, others may experience discomfort or other dental problems as a result of their emergence.
Wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems, including crowding of the other teeth, impaction, infection, and inflammation.
In many cases, it is recommended to remove wisdom teeth if they are causing discomfort or are at risk of causing future problems. However, in some cases, it may be possible to retain them if they are healthy and properly aligned.
The procedure for removing wisdom teeth typically involves a local anesthetic or general anesthesia, and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
After the procedure, it is important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by the dentist, including avoiding hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, and maintaining good oral hygiene practices.