Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are usually the last four of the 32 teeth to surface in the mouth, appearing commonly in individuals between the ages of 17 to 25. They are located at the back of the mouth, both top and bottom, near the entrance to the throat.
For most people, inadequate space in the mouth does not not allow the wisdom teeth to fully erupt and become functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. When left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and even cysts or tumors. Removal of some or all of the wisdom teeth is the typical treatment.