Macedon Family Dentisty: Dentists Dr. Joseph Behrman & Dr. Jeni Behrman
Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are usually the last four of 32 teeth to erupt (surface) in the mouth, generally making their appearance between the ages of 17 to 25. They are located at the back of the mouth (top and bottom), near the entrance to the throat.
In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts or tumors.
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future. If impaction of one or more wisdom teeth is present, and left untreated, it may lead to damage to the surrounding teeth, infection, crowding of the teeth and decay.
At Macedon Family Dentistry, we offer highest quality dental care. If you want more information about wisdom teeth treatment, or if you a seeking a dentist in the Macedon, Fairport or Palmyra area, please give us call.