Wisdom Teeth Usually Need to Be Removed

Posted July 1, 2021

What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, which are also called the third molars, are the back molars. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. The average adult has four wisdom teeth that begin to grow in between age 17 and 21.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?
As wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, many people simply do not have enough room left in their mouth for them. Because of this, wisdom teeth often cannot grow in properly and become impacted. This means that the teeth become trapped beneath the gums. An impacted third molar may also be trying to grow in sideways or tilted. This can cause discomfort, swelling, and even infection.

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause several side effects. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to consider wisdom teeth removal in Eagle, Idaho:

– Swelling gums in the back of the mouth
– Bad breath
– A bad taste in the mouth
– Difficulty in moving your jaw
– Discomfort when you move your jaw
– Tenderness when you chew or bite

What happens next?
When you come in, our dentist will examine the area and may take X-rays to examine where the wisdom teeth are. Dr. Jeremy Hixson can then determine if the wisdom teeth need to be removed. After the teeth have been removed, you will be given specific instructions to make your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.

We invite you to contact Eagle Oral Surgery and Implant Center at (208) 995-2865 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.