Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth.They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”

Research has shown that as soon as periodontal disease is found in the 3rd molar locations, the issue is persistent and progressive, but it may improve after the extraction of the wisdom tooth. In some instances a fluid-filled cyst or tumor may form around the untreated wisdom tooth. As the cyst grows it may lead to far more critical problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other vital structures.

When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

There is no specified answer for everyone; however, if your dentist has advised you that your wisdom teeth look potentially problematic it’s generally best to remove them sooner rather than later. This advice is based on the fact that the younger you are, the faster you heal. The likeliness of lingering numbness, jaw fracture or other complications also increases with age. Lastly, the longer you leave a troublesome wisdom tooth in your mouth, the longer it has to cause further problems in the future.