Besides the fact that you’ll likely need to have them removed, what do you really know about the wisdom teeth? These teeth aren’t well
understood, but can cause a variety of problems. These are some important things that you’ll want to know about yours.
Wisdom Teeth Are the Third Molars
The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars in your mouth, and they tend to erupt from the ages of 16-24. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they erupt during your “age of wisdom.”
There Are Many Reasons for Removal
A variety of causes can result in the removal of the wisdom teeth, including:
•Tooth decay or infection
•Improper eruption, where the tooth only emerges from the gums partially
•Overlapping of the teeth due to shifting as a result of the wisdom teeth
Wisdom Teeth Impaction Is Quite Common
About 90% of people experience the impaction of at least one wisdom tooth. This means that the tooth doesn’t completely erupt and stop growing. The result is teeth that stay below the gum line and do not erupt.
Removal of the Wisdom Teeth Can Prevent Future Problems
Many dentists recommend that the wisdom teeth are removed in order to prevent the occurrence of more serious problems in the future. If you complain of pain or your dentist notices inflammation in the area of your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend removal, but if the tooth is impacted, taking them out is a necessity.
There May Be a Way to Stop Wisdom Teeth Growth
Currently, studies are ongoing about how the growth of the wisdom teeth might be prevented. These are the only teeth that don’t form in the womb, and since most people have them removed anyways, scientists are working to find a way to prevent them from forming.
Do you have more questions about your wisdom teeth? Contact our office today.