Wisdom Teeth 101

Get the information you need to avoid issues with your wisdom teeth.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. When wisdom teeth are healthy and in the right position, they usually don’t cause problems. But when they are impacted and don’t have enough room to emerge fully or normally, problems can occur. The information below will help you know the signs and understand what to expect if your wisdom teeth become impacted.

Understand the Symptoms

If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Pain or jaw stiffness near an impacted tooth
  • Pain or irritation from a tooth coming in at an awkward angle and rubbing against your cheek, tongue or top or bottom of your mouth
  • An infected swelling in the flap of gum tissue that has formed on top of an impacted tooth that has broken partway through the gum
  • Crowding of other teeth
  • Tooth decay or gum disease, if there isn’t enough room to properly clean your wisdom tooth and nearby teeth

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