Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the final teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens or early twenties.
Oftentimes, wisdom teeth become trapped, or impacted, in the jawbone and cause crowding, displacement, decay, infection or gum disease. Impacted wisdom teeth can grow in many different directions - horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.
Wisdom tooth surgery is performed, usually under local anesthesia, in your dentist's office, an outpatient surgical facility, or a hospital.
To ease the discomfort and promote healing:
Call your doctor immediately in case of excessive bleeding or swelling, persistent, severe pain or fever.
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