What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last adult teeth to begin to erupt into the mouth. These teeth typically push through your gums in your late teens. If they grow in straight, have adequate space and have healthy gums around them, regular brushing, flossing and dental visits can keep them healthy.
Unfortunately this doesnt normally happen.
Removal (extraction) of wisdom teeth is recommended when they erupt sideways, only partially erupt or remain trapped under the gums. These poorly positioned teeth can harbour bacteria and cause infection, pain and swelling as well as damage neighbouring teeth.
Because your wisdom teeth come in at the back of your jaw we need a specialized x-ray called a Panorex to be able to evaluate whether there is enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth. This x-ray allows us to see the exact position of the nerve in the jaw and visualize the wisdom teeth orientation in the jaw allowing for easier removal.