May 16, 2019

How much do you know about wisdom teeth? Even though everyone has them, there is a surprising amount of misinformation, especially surrounding their maintenance and extraction. As a dentist who removes wisdom teeth, in Naperville, IL, Dr. Kaz Zymantas frequently dispels myths about these “third molars”. Take our quiz to find out if you are wise about wisdom teeth.


  1. When do wisdom teeth typically erupt?
  2. What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
  3. List three symptoms caused by impacted wisdom teeth.
  4. Does everyone have to get their wisdom teeth removed?
  5. Name three ways newly erupted wisdom teeth could pose a risk to your existing teeth.
  6. Which type of doctor can remove your wisdom teeth?


  1. Wisdom teeth usually erupt in early adulthood, between the ages of 17 and 2520. Though they can appear up to the age of 30.
  2. An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that is unable to fully erupt. In some cases, it may partially erupt and cause numerous unpleasant symptoms and threaten oral health.
  3. The signs of impacted wisdom teeth include pain, bad breath, swelling of the gums, bleeding gums, pain and swelling of the jaw, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes.
  4. Not necessarily. Sometimes, the teeth are positioned well in the mouth and there is enough room to accommodate the new molars. When there is not enough room or if they become impacted (do not erupt properly), they may need to be extracted.
  5. Wisdom teeth are often extracted because they can increase the likelihood of the following:
    a. Bite misalignment and overcrowding
    b. Cavities
    c. Gum disease
    d. Cysts and nerve damage
    e. Sinus problems
  6. A dentist, periodontist, or an oral surgeon will typically remove wisdom teeth. Dr. Zymantas performs both simple and surgical extractions in our office.

Should you get your third molars removed? If you are having any symptoms of pain, swelling, or overcrowding, you should call our dentist right away. Patients who wish to schedule a consultation for wisdom teeth in Naperville, IL, should call our office for a one-on-one visit with Dr. Kaz Zymantas.



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