Because there is not enough room for an extra set of molars, wisdom teeth may only partially erupt through the gums. Some wisdom teeth remain fully trapped beneath gums. These teeth are considered to be impacted, and an impacted wisdom tooth must be surgically removed. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infections, dental overcrowding, and cause discomfort.
It is rare for a wisdom tooth to develop without causing any issue. Your dentist will check for wisdom teeth during routine visits and refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for treatment. Even if you are not in any discomfort, your wisdom teeth can still cause many health problems that require treatment. Untreated wisdom teeth can lead to:
Most wisdom teeth begin developing during the late teens or early twenties. Dental professionals recommend having them removed before they fully develop. This is usually between the ages of 17 and 24. Early extraction when these teeth are not yet fully developed makes for a smoother surgical procedure and faster recovery.
Patrick Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I had a dentist appointment down in Douglas, Arizona, and the dentist noticed that — believe it or not — I had four wisdom teeth, so they referred me to AZOMS in Tucson. The staff at AZOMS — they were like family. They were really nice. Dr. Coles — he’s the man. He took his time to answer all my questions. When I woke up after the surgery, I didn’t feel any pain. Come see Dr. Coles — you won’t be disappointed."
Amanda Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth pulled. It was time for them to be taken out because they were growing in, so they needed to get rid of them so they won't bug me later on. I was very nervous indeed. I've never been knocked out/put under anesthetic/put to sleep before, so I was very concerned about how it was going to be and what was going to happen afterwards because everyone reacts differently. It went really well! I was actually really happy that it went well instead of chaos, and they were being so nice, and they didn't act like it was their job. They treated me like a friend, not just a patient. My recovery was actually really good. I was fine, I was awake, I wasn't groggy or anything. Dr. Coles was a really, really nice guy. I had fun. "
Cynthia Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I was referred by my dentist, so I just decided to try it. I had had kind of a traumatic extraction. I was really fearful, and I really wanted to get it done, and I wanted somebody to help me. I can truly say I did not feel a moment of anxiety or pain. I couldn't believe how easy it was, and I didn't ever think I'd ever say the word "easy" associated with a dental procedure. They called me and asked me how I was doing, and I didn't think doctors still did that. I really felt like Dr. Wood and his staff gave me a standard of what to expect from medical care, and I will forever compare everything else to how I was treated in his practice. I think he set a very high level of compassion, and that's what I want in medical care. I want not only the expertise but the compassion."
Sydney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I started having issues with my wisdom teeth at a golf tournament in Florida, and I didn't tell my parents because I didn't want them to freak out. It was just major pain; my cheek started swelling up because of the infection that was coming about. Dr. Wood made the procedure very easy for me. I was very pleased with how he treated me. Once I was done with my procedure, he called me that night. He also called me the next day just to make sure everything was going well. Coming to Dr. Wood was probably the best decision I made because they're so welcoming; it's almost as though they were part of the family or really close friends for a while. I would definitely recommend Arizona Oral Surgeons because of the family feel that you get and how welcoming and easy it is to get along with everyone."
Christina Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"My dentist, Ruben Romero, sent me to Dr. Coles. I was told I had pockets in my molar, and it had to be removed, and also my wisdom tooth had to be removed. Ever since you walk in, people are extremely friendly. They make you feel good. Dr. Coles was wonderful. I felt relaxed, and it turned out to be a great experience for me. I had no problems with my teeth afterward at all. I was able to eat, and I was fine. If I had any friends in Tucson that needed extractions, I would definitely recommend AZOMS."