Wisdom Teeth: Questions Answered
If you or your child are getting your wisdom teeth removed, you must have questions! We are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible. As always, if you have other questions feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to help you understand more on your upcoming procedure. Read on for some frequently asked questions:
1. Why do we have Wisdom Teeth?
Centuries ago our human ancestors used wisdom teeth to help them grind up tough food, like leaves and roots. Their jaws were larger and had more room for extra molars. As we evolved, our diets changed to include softer foods. The third molars became unnecessary as our jaws became smaller.
2. Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
There are several reasons why you would need your wisdom teeth extracted, as they can cause a variety of complications.
• Impaction: If there is not enough room in your mouth, your wisdom teeth will become impacted and may grow at an angle. This can cause problems such as pain, damage to the adjacent teeth and discomfort while eating.
• Damage to other teeth: Your impacted tooth can begin pushing against your second molars, causing potential tooth decay.
• Disease: Spaces between the impacted tooth and your molars allows room for bacteria to grow, putting you at risk for inflammation, cysts, and periodontal (gum) disease.
3. When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth typically erupt into the mouth between the ages of 16- 25, and are typically removed during your high school years. The longer you wait to have these teeth removed, the more complications that may arise. Allowing the Wisdom teeth to fully develop may increase the potential for permanent nerve damage.
4. When are wisdom teeth okay to keep?
If there is enough room for them to erupt correctly with adequate space to clean them properly, then they are safe to keep. It is also important to note that not everyone is born with all four wisdom teeth.
We hope this article has helped you, and if you have any other questions please contact us. Everyone’s teeth are different, and we want to make sure we take the right course of action for your wisdom teeth.
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