Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 16 and 24.  Wisdom teeth frequently require management because most people do not have adequate space in the oral cavity to accommodate these teeth.  

When a tooth doesn’t fully erupt into the mouth, it is considered impacted.  The tooth becomes unable to break completely through the gums, because there isn’t enough room. In some cases, a cyst or tumor can form around an impacted tooth, which can lead to more serious problems, including damage to adjacent teeth or other surrounding structures.

But even Wisdom teeth that have “grown in,” most always erupt incompletely and/or are mispositioned and very difficult to keep clean.  Because hygiene is impaired in this area of the mouth, a wisdom tooth is more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease that can also infect neighboring teeth.

Ultimately, both impacted and non-impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and lead to chronic oral disease.

As oral surgeons, we are the experts in wisdom tooth management.  Even if no symptoms are present, we encourage you to minimize potential health risks by seeking a consultation with us at our Boston office.  The absence of symptoms does not necessarily equate to an absence of disease, and third molar treatment often becomes more complicated as we age. Earlier and sooner is best when it comes to talking to us about your wisdom teeth.  

Please contact our office to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Lucca and our Boston oral & facial surgeons.