Most people are familiar with wisdom teeth. The most common thing people think is about the discomfort that comes as they grow and the painful process of wisdom tooth extraction.
There is a lot more information that people should know about this part of their oral health. They may discover that it is not always a bad thing.
Why the Name Some people may think that they will get wiser when their wisdom teeth come in, but that is rarely the case. Wisdom teeth are just another set of molars that grow in the back of the mouth. They get the name because they typically begin to emerge between the age of 17 to 21 years old. This is the time in your life when you are supposed to start getting older and wiser.
Why They Cause Problems Most people think that when your wisdom teeth emerge, it means that you have to get them taken out. Some people will have no issues when their wisdom teeth begin to emerge. They may suffer from minor discomfort when the teeth begin to break through the gum, but that is it. The teeth grow and fit in their mouth.
Not everyone is that lucky. There are several reasons that it is necessary to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction. Some of the reasons include:
Impaction - If the tooth cannot break through the skin, it becomes impacted. The solution to this is to remove the tooth.
Not Straight - If the wisdom teeth are not straight as they grow, they can damage the surrounding teeth. It can also cause pain.
Not enough room - Some people do not have enough room in their mouth for the wisdom teeth to fit. Pulling the teeth is the best way to deal with this.
Disease - Bacteria can cause disease in the wisdom teeth in the same way it does to any other teeth. Removing the teeth can resolve the problem before more damage happens.
The bottom line is that when your wisdom teeth begin to emerge, you may or may not have to have them pulled out. Part of it depends on how well you take care of your oral health and part of it is beyond your control.
For more information about this and any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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