Another name for wisdom teeth is third molars. Most people start getting these teeth when they are in their late teens or early twenties.
Why do my wisdom teeth have to be extracted?
In many cases, the jaws are not large enough to accommodate these teeth and they remain under the gum, impacted, or partially impacted. Serious problems can develop such as infection, possible crowding, and damage to adjacent teeth. Removal is much easier in younger patients with statistically fewer complications.
Do I have to be put to sleep to get my wisdom teeth extracted?
Not necessarily. Depending on the location of your wisdom teeth in the jawbone, you may be more comfortable being put to sleep. This is something that you, your dentist, and your oral surgeon should discuss.