Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are a completely unnecessary byproduct of evolution. Most San Francisco patients only have room in their mouth for 28 teeth. However, many patients come in because some or all four wisdom teeth have begun to erupt and cause severe discomfort. While this adaptation was helpful for our ancestors whose teeth suffered from a lack of dental hygiene, we no longer need these extra teeth and they often need to be removed before they cause problems such as:
- Bite misalignment
- Damage to bone and adjacent teeth
- Bacterial infection
When Do Wisdom Teeth Grow In?
Most San Francisco patients will have all of their adult teeth by the time they’re 13 years old, with the wisdom teeth being the last to erupt. Your wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt when you’re between 18 to 24 years old. Although San Francisco patients of all ages come in for wisdom tooth removal, the sooner you come in for treatment, the less the risk you’ll develop more serious symptoms.