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Third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, form in the back of the mouth deep within the gums. While most people have four wisdom teeth, some people have none and some might have as many as six. At some point in late adolescence, wisdom teeth attempt to emerge from the gums.

Typical symptoms include a dull ache in the gums that might also feel like it affects the surrounding jaw muscles. This could also include a feeling of pressure or even the formation of a cyst in the gums.

Unfortunately, the average human mouth doesn’t have sufficient room to allow these teeth to fully emerge. As time goes by, the pain could worsen or a wisdom tooth could become impacted.

Many people suffer with one or more impacted wisdom teeth. When this happens, the tooth lays at an angle that prevents it from emerging from the gums or there simply isn’t enough room at the back of your 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 complications, they will still be susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease. This can be especially troublesome as the wisdom teeth are often difficult to reach and clean.

To prevent these complications from arising, Dr. Tae Chul Ho often recommends having wisdom teeth extracted once all of your primary teeth have been replaced by your permanent teeth. In most cases, he can perform the extraction in a single outpatient appointment.

If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Tae Chul Ho might recommend full sedation. Afterward you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home while you regain your senses.

If you are contemplating having your wisdom teeth removed in Manchester, Connecticut, you should call 860-644-0099 to set up a consultation at Buckland Hills Dental.