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What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, which are also called the third molars, are the back molars. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. The average adult has four wisdom teeth that start to grow in between the ages of 17 and 21.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?
Because wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, many people do not have enough room left in their jaw for them. Because of this, wisdom teeth often cannot grow in properly and become impacted. This means that the teeth become trapped beneath the gumline. An impacted third molar may also be trying to grow in sideways or tilted. This can cause discomfort, swelling, and even infection.

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth can have unfortunate results. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time for wisdom teeth removal in Louisville, Kentucky:

– Swelling gums in the back of the mouth
– Bad breath
– Difficulty or discomfort in moving your jaw
– Tenderness when you bite or chew

When you come in, our oral surgeons will examine the area and may take X-rays to examine where your wisdom teeth are located. Our oral surgeons can then determine if the wisdom teeth need to be removed. After the teeth have been removed, you will be given detailed instructions to make your recovery as comfortable and easy as possible.

Feel free to contact Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 502-587-7874 today to learn more and to set up an appointment.