Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt through the gum. This can happen between the ages of 16 to 20, or not at all. The mouth is often not large enough to accommodate these final molars, which can lead to crowding, impacted teeth, partially erupted teeth, infection or cavities.
Dentists often encourage removal of wisdom teeth because of the complications that can occur when they emerge. It is easier to remove wisdom teeth in your late teens or early 20s because the roots have not yet solidified. The teeth are much easier to remove. Recovery may be faster for younger patients, too.
You may be sedated for the procedure.