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."
Vinny Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"Well, I had to get all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. The staff was really comforting; they were really nice, friendly people. The surgery went really good. Dr. Wood is awesome. He's one of the coolest guys I know. I'm really glad that I came to AZOMS to get my surgery done with Dr. Wood. It was a really good experience, and I definitely recommend it to anyone. For all my friends and family who are in the Benson, Sayulita, southwest side of Tucson area, I'd highly recommend AZOMS."
Nick Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"My wisdom teeth were irritating me really bad; I was in a lot of pain. Dr. Wood's very energetic. He's high energy but very comforting to talk to. He walks you through the whole process. He's very informational with everything, and he's just a fun, easygoing guy. I was nervous about the pain, the procedure, what was involved, the aftercare, but everybody here made it really easy and comfortable. For the procedure, we came in, they put me under right away, made it very quick, noninvasive. It was painless. And when I got out, the staff was very, very comforting. They called me to check up on me, asked me how everything was going, how I was feeling, what they could do for me, if anything. I felt very — I don't know how you put it — like part of the family. Arizona Oral Surgery is definitely a place that I would recommend."
Jerry Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I had a problem with a wisdom tooth that I needed pulled, and it was a molar next to it that it was having problems with. So, I came to Dr. Wood just to check it out. First of all, I needed that wisdom tooth pulled out, so he pulled that out, and then we talked a little bit about the other tooth, and he said, "Well, let me take a look at it." So he took some extra film, and he goes, "No problem with that. We'll go ahead and reconstruct it." So he did that for me as well, which I was very grateful because I didn't want to lose that molar. Dr. Wood and his staff are very, very nice. They calm you down; they talk to you, they walk you through the procedure, and very gentle. And "Let me know if there's any pain; we'll go ahead and fix it." I would recommend Dr. Wood to anyone. Yeah, good people. All his staff especially. They do good work here."
Rebecca Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review
"I actually had a party and had family and friends there, and then after they left, I had picked up an almond and ate it, and it cracked my wisdom tooth. I came because I wanted someone that — I could have gone to my own dentist, and he's good for, say, just cleaning and the regular routine things, but there's some times in your life you really want somebody that specializes. I heard good things about Dr. Wood. Going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do, but if you have to go, Dr. Wood is the best place, in my opinion, to go to. From the time I entered their office, greeted their friendly staff, they really made me feel comfortable and at home. I felt very safe in Dr. Wood's hands, and when I left, I'm glad it was over, but it really was a good experience, and then the follow-up was great too, so I highly recommend it."