Wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of the jaws.
Third molars or as we know them as ‘wisdom teeth’ are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in our mouth, usually in late teens or twenties.
Even though most of us have wisdom teeth, it is sometimes possible that few or all four of those teeth are not present for some individuals.
Third molars are a great asset for you if they erupt in a clean manner through your gums without causing any problem to adjacent teeth and you are able to properly brush, floss and maintain them.
But most of the time our third molars tend to get misaligned, impacted or are trapped inside the gums as there is little or no space left for them to pierce through.
When they are not properly aligned or partially erupted it becomes difficult to brush and floss and food particles get trapped between teeth and gums which give cavity causing bacteria a chance to affect them & adjacent second molars causing decay and infection.
Impacted third molars may cause misalignment or crowding of adjacent teeth, sometimes a cyst can also form near a trapped tooth which could destroy roots of nearby teeth and the bone supporting your teeth.
Wisdom teeth if present should be monitored at your regular dental visits, but in general your dentist might recommend you to get them extracted as they have potential for causing severe problems in future like decay, cysts, damage to neighboring teeth, gum infections, jaw pain.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of permanent molars located on the upper and lower arches of your jaw, and look very similar to your other molars.