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Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are essentially vestigial teeth lingering deep within the gums in the back of the mouth. In late adolescence, they can start to move and attempt to emerge. This can be an uncomfortable or even painful experience.

Early symptoms of an emergent wisdom tooth might include a feeling of pressure or a deep pain within the gums. This pain should not be taken lightly as it could be a sign that one or more wisdom teeth are impacted. When this happens, the tooth can be trapped inside the gums and it has the potential to damage the roots of the healthy molars.

Even if one or two of the wisdom teeth do manage to fully emerge, you will still need twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. Without regular care and cleaning, the wisdom teeth will be just as susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease as any other tooth in your mouth.

Your dentist, Dr. Vitaly Friedman, generally recommends having your wisdom teeth removed in your teen years. In some cases, he can perform the wisdom tooth extraction in the clinic. If one or more teeth are badly impacted, he might refer you to a local oral surgeon.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, you should call 21st Century Dental Care at (908) 604-5959 to schedule an appointment.