Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in your mouth and are the ones least needed. Wisdom teeth can potentially endanger your oral health. Your wisdom teeth may erupt through your gums, but in most cases your jaw is too small to hold them. As a result, they force other teeth out of alignment and can adversely affect your bite if your wisdom teeth do not erupt through your gums and are not in a normal position. When your jaw is too small to accommodate your wisdom teeth, it is common for gum or jaw discomfort and swelling to occur. In addition, there is a greater risk of developing periodontal disease.

Surgery to remove wisdom teeth is typically the best course of action. If a wisdom tooth has fully erupted through the gums, a standard tooth extraction is performed. If the tooth has not erupted through the gums, an impacted tooth extraction method is used.

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