Wisdom Teeth Overview • Encino

About Third Molars

By the age of 18 (the age of wisdom), the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom.

Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. The last four teeth to erupt are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth”. It is estimated that 85% of patients have at least one impacted third molar tooth.

For more information about Wisdom Teeth or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maranon, call our office in Encino, CA at Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500. You may also use our Appointment Request form.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation