Why did my dentist suggest that I have my wisdom teeth removed?
"Wisdom teeth" are the third molar teeth in the jaws. They develop inside the bone with the crowns forming first, then the roots. If there is not enough room in the jaw for the wisdom tooth to erupt into the mouth it can become trapped (impacted). Impacted wisdom teeth can be prone to developing infections in the gums or the bone, or they can have a negative effect on the teeth beside them. Early removal of the wisdom teeth can prevent these from occurring. Waiting until there is a problem with the wisdom teeth can result in a more complicated procedure to remove them later on.