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All About Wisdom Teeth

They say that with age comes greater wisdom. This is a debatable statement. We prefer to say the following: With Age comes wisdom . . . teeth!

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. Between the ages of 17 and 21, your third molars start to appear in the corners of your mouth. These teeth have historically been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age compared to other teeth.

Wisdom teeth can be problematic however and are often removed in the present day. Why is this? Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them, which often occurs. If there is not enough room for these teeth, they can become trapped in your jaw or under your gums, which causes pain and other problems.

Why might you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out?

Every patient is unique. In general, however, wisdom teeth are often removed for the following reasons:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (If it is not possible to restore the tooth)

Your dentist or orthodontist may also recommend the removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care. Dentists are constantly monitoring for signs that your wisdom teeth may become a problem. These signs include the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that are growing in the wrong position.
  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t come in properly.
  • Wisdom teeth that have only partially come through.
  • Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through and may become stuck

There are cases where wisdom teeth are not removed but this does not mean that they should be ignored. Wisdom teeth can cause problems later in life and should be monitored throughout the lifetime.

Have any questions regarding wisdom teeth? Need to book your next dental check-up? Contact our professional team at Apple Dental Group today at 403-640-4000!