As an average adult, your mouth is designed to comfortably and effectively contain 28 teeth. However, most adults actually have between 28 and 32 teeth, known as the Third Molars or "wisdom teeth". Some individuals have full-sized wisdom teeth, while many others have dwarfed teeth that may be misshapen or rootless.
No matter their size or shape, wisdom teeth exist in a crowded environment which can cause them to erupt in odd places, grow sideways, impact adjacent molars, partially emerge, or even become infected and form abscesses. If your wisdom teeth are creating pain, swelling, or any other discomfort, it's time to contact your Smiles by Hillside dentist for a consult, exam, and the relief of extraction.