Wisdom teeth are the last teeth of every row (the ones closest to the throat). They are the last to develop and usually don’t emerge before adulthood, if they emerge at all.
In most people’s jaws there is no room for them because our jaws have become smaller throughout history while the number of teeth remained the same (32). Typical painful sensations are the result.
Due to the shortage of space, wisdom teeth often appear in the wrong place or compress the existing rows of teeth. This can cause problems in the jaw joints when the upper and lower teeth no longer align.
Furthermore, when wisdom teeth emerge from the gingival tissue, they often form pockets that can’t be cleaned and may inflame. Results are bad breath, gingival inflammation and even abscesses.
Even when the teeth in the back of your mouth are healthy, it can be difficult to take good care of them. Often, plaque, decalcification and, as a result, caries are the results. This process often goes unnoticed because caries are hard to see and can usually only be identified using x-ray equipment. When the afflicted tooth starts to hurt it is often too late to preserve it and the wisdom tooth, and sometimes even neighboring teeth, must be extracted.
The first step of treatment is an x-ray. It shows the positions of the wisdom teeth and the treatment plan is based on it.