Definition: Your wisdom teeth are your third molars in the back of your mouth. In fact, they are called that because they usually come in when you’re older, around 17 to 21. Most people have two on top and two on the bottom as part of a complete set of 32 adult teeth!
Removal: If the wisdom teeth are impacted and embedded in the bone, the oral surgeon will put an incision into the gums and remove the tooth or teeth in sections in order to minimize the amount of bone being removed.
Recovery: After surgery, swelling and tenderness in the face and neck are common, as is bruising. Ice packs and pain medications prescribed by the dentist or oral surgeon should help ease the pain.