If you thought your teeth-growing days were over after middle school, you’re in for a treat. You see, you may develop another set of teeth called wisdom teeth during your 20s. The good news? In some cases, this does not cause any sort of problem whatsoever. Some people don’t even develop these teeth. However, for others, the teeth may pose a serious threat to your oral health. Fortunately, we offer wisdom tooth removal for patients who find themselves in need of care. Ready to learn a bit more about the associated essentials? Read the following:

What Is A Wisdom Tooth?

A wisdom tooth is a tooth that shows up once you’re an adult. You can usually expect these teeth (also called “third molars”) to make their appearance when you’re in your twenties. They comprise the third appearance of molars and are also associated with wisdom since they erupt in your older “wiser” years. If they grow in properly, they will rest behind the other teeth in your arch.

Why Do I Need Mine Removed?

Actually, it’s entirely possible that you won’t need your wisdom teeth removed. First, some people’s wisdom teeth simply do not ever develop. Others may find that their third molars develop and erupt in line with their other teeth without incident. However, you may find yourself faced with problematic wisdom teeth, which will then require wisdom tooth removal. Problems may include one of the following:

  • Teeth that threaten your current alignment by erupting on an angle. You see, when your teeth are set to grow in toward your current teeth, they may cause your smile to shift, which may then result in a need for braces.
  • Teeth that are impacted – this means the tooth does not erupt through your gum tissue (or through your bone tissue). An impacted tooth may cause a serious problem for a variety of reasons. Impacted wisdom teeth may feel extremely uncomfortable and they may easily become infected, leading to subsequent concerns.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.