Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, appear last. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one at the end of every tooth row. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth often cause complaints, and since they only have a limited chewing function, they should be extracted as early as possible, if necessary.
Wisdom teeth are the last, eighth, teeth of the tooth row. They are not always completely developed. Two-thirds of all wisdom teeth fail to erupt completely through the gum or don’t erupt at all. Then they must be removed.
If wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic, they should be extracted for reasons of precaution. This is a routine procedure, which, however, harbours some risks: in some cases, bleedings, nerve irritations or nerve damages may occur. The earlier a wisdom tooth is removed, the smaller are the risks.