The last four teeth to develop from the corners of your gums are known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth normally appear in the late teens or early twenties when the gums have receded. You’ll almost certainly require a wisdom tooth removal if it doesn’t have enough room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), causing discomfort, infection, or other dental issues. When wisdom teeth appear, if there are challenges, brushing and keeping those areas clean can be quite difficult, leading to higher incidences of decay and soft tissue infections.
The surgery to remove one or more wisdom teeth is known as wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure. Even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing issues, some dentists and oral surgeons advocate for the removal of wisdom teeth to avoid future problems, as symptom-free wisdom teeth can still harbor diseases. Recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction can take up to a week, but recovery may take longer if your wisdom teeth are impacted.