The third molars — or wisdom teeth — are a great example of teeth that can become more of a liability than an asset. Wisdom teeth are likely to become impacted, infected, poorly-positioned, or decayed, and they are not typically essential to your ability to chew. Most wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean at home, making them even more likely to contribute to unwanted dental problems. As a result, an unhealthy wisdom tooth is often slated for removal, but the ultimate decision must be made on an individual basis.
As part of your Dental Express visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned. They may recommend removal if the following symptoms have occurred with your mouth: