Wisdom teeth are the big teeth in the very back of your mouth that grow in during your late teens or early twenties. Not everyone gets wisdom teeth, but most people will get four in total. Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in straight, but more often than not, they cause problems. A dentist might recommend removing wisdom teeth if they are decayed, or are causing pain, infection, or crowding.
Recovery from wisdom teeth extraction usually takes about 4 to 7 days. If the tooth is under the gum, then healing may take longer. Ask your dentist if wisdom teeth removal is something you or your teenager should have done. It is best to do so sooner rather than later, before any problems arise.
How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?
If your wisdom teeth have already grown in, they will be at the very back of your mouth, behind your second molars. You can count your teeth, and if you have more than 28, you probably have at least one wisdom tooth. If your wisdom teeth have not yet grown in, it means they are still under the gum inside the jaw bone. In order to see these wisdom teeth, your dentist will need to perform an X-ray.
Can you get your wisdom teeth removed after they grow in?
Yes, and the good news is that wisdom teeth that have completely grown in are much easier to remove than ones that are still under the gum.