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In a certain light, wisdom teeth are evolutionary holdovers from the ancient human history. They are essentially third molars that develop and remain deep within the gum tissues in the back of your mouth. As primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, wisdom teeth can start to move and attempt to erupt from the gums. Unfortunately, there’s not always enough room in the back of the mouth to accommodate these teeth. This can cause overcrowding problems or even result in one or more teeth becoming trapped or impacted.

The pressure of impactions or overcrowding can gradually start to affect the rear molars. It could even damage the roots of otherwise healthy teeth, resulting in tooth loss.

Even if one or two teeth do manage to erupt from the gums, they will still be vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Since the wisdom teeth are so far back and rarely emerge fully, they will be hard to clean, making tooth decay and dental cysts more likely.

To prevent these complications from befalling your mouth, Dr. Nam Cho recommends having the wisdom teeth extracted. This is usually done in late adolescence after the permanent teeth have all fully developed. If a wisdom tooth is impacted or if there are other complications, they might recommend a surgical extraction.

If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth in Glendale, California, you should call 818-365-5636 to schedule a consultation at Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.