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Wisdom teeth are third molars that linger deep within the gums of most adolescent mouths. At some point, these teeth will start to move as they attempt to erupt from the gums. This usually happens in middle to late adolescence shortly after permanent molars have replaced their primary tooth counterparts.

Typical symptoms of a pre-emergent wisdom tooth include a dull ache in the gums that might also cause a related soreness in the surrounding jaw muscles. This could also include a feeling or pressure in the back of the mouth or even the formation of a dental cyst in the gums.

Most people don’t have sufficient room to allow these teeth to fully emerge in the back of their mouth. As time goes by, the pain and pressure could worsen. This is potentially a sign that one or more wisdom teeth are becoming impacted.

When this happens, the tooth is positioned at an angle that prevents it from emerging from the gums because there simply isn’t enough room at the back of the mouth. Without timely extraction, it could cause significant damage to the roots of your back molars.

Even if one or two wisdom teeth emerge from the gums without any immediate trouble, they could still be threatened by tooth decay and gum disease. This can be especially troublesome as the wisdom teeth are often difficult to reach and clean.

To prevent these complications, Dr. Nam Cho often recommends having all the wisdom teeth extracted. In most cases, they can perform the extraction in a single outpatient appointment where you’ll be home in just a few short hours.

If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Nam Cho might recommend full sedation. Afterward you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home while the sedative gradually abates.

If you live in the Glendale, California, area and you are contemplating wisdom tooth extraction for your son or daughter, you should call 818-365-5636 to schedule a consultation at Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.