Dentist Questions Wisdom Teeth

My wisdom teeth haven't come in. Is this normal?

I'm 22 years old and my wisdom teeth haven't come in yet. Is this normal?

12 Answers

Yes, but you should have them evaluated with an x-ray to see what kind of position they are in, if there is any pathology (like a cyst) developing with them, and to assess if they should come out.
For most people but not for all the wisdom teeth typically erupt around the “age of wisdom”... that is around age 16 or 17. However, Depending upon the position of the teeth and local anatomy (and potential pathology) they may not erupt during that time frame. I would advise you to seek a consultation with an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation.
Everyone has their own time clock for dental eruptions. Chronologic vs physiologic are not always in sync. You will need an panorex radiograph to determine if you have third molars or wisdom teeth, and if they are impacted or positioned for eruption. Then you and your dentist can determine if they will need to be removed.
The eruption of wisdom teeth varies in all patients. There isn't any "normal" situation. See your oral surgeon to have both a clinical and X-ray evaluation.
Yes. This means that the wisdom teeth are likely impacted and will require surgical removal. At your next dental visit, ask your dentist to take a panoramic x-ray to identify them.
It is not necessary that everyone gets wisdom teeth, and sometimes you may have all four or a few, but you can’t see them as they are still inside the gum or bone and they may come out fully, partially or might not come out at all. All you need is to go to a dentist and get an X-ray and get it checked.
Yes, it may be a good thing or bad. It all depends on their position, if they even exist. I would get a panorex X-ray with a dentist to confirm.
They may already grow underneath your gum or your jaw bone. You need to see a dentist for X-ray in order to know where are they located.
Yes, it is normal given that anthropologists tell us that the jaw is getting shorter for impacting more teeth that used to be able to erupt into proper position. For this reason, we are seeing more impacted wisdom teeth and in which are the most usual ectopically positioned erupting teeth and cause the most difficulty in terms of discrepancies in the bite itself. Depending on your age, your oral surgeon will make a recommendation as to whether it's necessary to remove those teeth once they are diagnosed with X-ray or clinical examination visually.
Can be normal FOR YOU. Wisdom teeth develop at various times. I have seen 16-year-olds with fully erupted third molars. Others don't have them erupt until they are in their 20's. Finally, you should have a panoramic X-ray taken to see if: 1) they may be impacted, 2) they may never have developed at all, or 3) they are blocked by some kind of problem (cyst for example). The bottom line is, see your dentist for a panoramic X-ray to check.
Wisdom teeth can erupt at any age. More often they are impacted on an angle where they grow into the next tooth forward and stop there. Depending upon their proximity to the surface will determine whether they need to be removed. Best to have a dentist take x-rays to see just where they are. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones and were born without wisdom teeth.

Most likely, your wisdom teeth are impacted. I highly suggest that you see an oral surgeon for an evaluation.

William C. Storoe