Wisdom teeth also known as third molars and are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This generally occurs between the ages of 17 to 25 and hence that has been called the age of wisdom.
A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth is prevented by overlying gum , bone or another tooth.
Impacted teeth can lead to painful infection by causing damage to adjacent teeth or roots.
No one can predict when the third molar complications will occur, but when they do, the circumstances can be much more painful and the teeth get more difficult to treat. It is estimated that about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed.
The relative ease with which a wisdom tooth may be removed depends on several conditions including the position of the tooth and root development. Impacted tooth may require a surgical procedure for removal. Most wisdom tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia and sometimes under general anesthesia.