Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. This eruption generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, but will vary from person to person. In some cases, wisdom teeth emerge without any problems; in other cases, wisdom teeth may never develop. Most often, however, the teeth become impacted and can cause a variety of problems and unnecessary pain. Infection, damage to other teeth, disruption in position of teeth, and cysts or tumors of the jaw can result.
To prevent these issues, it is important to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon who is qualified and trained to remove these wisdom teeth. In most cases, a simple surgery will solve the problem.