Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually erupt from the gums between 17 and 25 years of age. Thus, they could be considered a sort of sign of maturity – or “wisdom.” They are the last of your teeth to come in.
If you have wisdom teeth (your dentist can tell you this with routine x-rays), you can plan on them coming through – or at least trying to. The problem is wisdom teeth often don’t have room in your mouth to come through normally. Wisdom teeth can cause damage to adjacent teeth as they try to force their way in, and they can become “impacted,” meaning they don’t come in in the right position.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be “mesial,” meaning angled toward the front of the mouth; “horizontal,” meaning lying sideways in the mouth; or “distal,” meaning angled toward the rear of the mouth. As you can imagine, any of these positions can cause serious problems in your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, cysts, and even gum disease.
Why would your body grow teeth that don’t even fit in your mouth? Well, if you think about our history, it makes sense. Humans evolved eating tough, rough foods, and our ancestors didn’t have access to dental care. (Aren’t you lucky!) It used to be common to lose teeth, and so the extra set of molars in early adulthood not only fit, but really came in handy. Not only do we tend to keep all of our teeth these days, but we have also evolved smaller jaws that don’t fit as many teeth.
Your Crown Council dentist can give you a thorough examination and discuss the options with you. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, depending on how they are coming in, how the rest of the teeth are positioned, and how healthy the teeth are. Keep in mind that changes in your mouth over time may affect the bottom line on whether or not you can (or want to) keep your wisdom teeth.
Many Crown Council dentists are trained in wisdom teeth removal, and those who are not can direct you to a specialist. Don’t ignore your wisdom teeth. Be wise and talk to your Crown Council dentist about the best care for your mouth.
Experience the confidence and contentment that comes with choosing a Crown Council dentist. Our dentists are passionate about their fields and their patients. Use our Crown Council dentist locator on this page to find a qualified dentist in your area.
Information was used from the following website: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/05/23/the-survival-guide-to-getting-your-wisdom-teeth-removed. Accessed 10/31/2014.