What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, or in popular slang, as “judgment teeth”, are the last to be born in adult dentition. They can reach a maximum of four, however, there are cases where there is an agenesis of wisdom teeth, that is, the non-formation of the germ that originates the wisdom tooth.
Extraction of Wisdom Teeth: When should they be extracted?
Each case is different, and not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. The wisdom tooth, even though it’s the last to appear in the dentition, can grow without needing to be removed. However, due to orthodontic needs, in which the specialist needs space to move the patient’s teeth, due to inflammation of the cap surrounding the tooth, formation of cysts and tumors associated with the tooth, its extraction may be necessary.