Have you ever heard of wisdom teeth? If you have, it’s most likely because you remember the pain of having them removed. If you haven’t, it’s probably because you don’t have any yet. As the name suggests, wisdom teeth grow in as you become older; between the ages of 17 and 25 to be exact. Most adults have 4 wisdom teeth, one in each corner of their mouth. It’s possible, however, to have fewer or more. These teeth may have a negative effect on other teeth as they develop and, as a result, are often removed by dentists. This is done to prevent the risk of periodontal disease and dental cavities.
Here are some common questions, along with their answers, about wisdom teeth:
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are the final teeth to erupt in the human mouth.
What Health Complications Can Result from Wisdom Teeth?
Painful crowding, cavity risk, and numerous dental diseases are but a few of the complications wisdom teeth may or may not bring with them.
Why are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
As wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, there is often a lack of space to accommodate their growth. This can lead to other teeth being impacted and results in swelling and tenderness in those areas of the mouth.
Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem for Everyone?
No. Some people have no problems with their third molars. These individuals either have enough space in their mouths to accommodate the growth of these teeth or their wisdom teeth never come in.
How do Dental Professionals Treat Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, if they become a problem, are extracted by a dental professional. The procedure is relatively routine in the present day, meaning your dentists can do this for you.
Will the Removal of Wisdom Teeth Affect My Dental Health?
No. The removal of these sometimes problematic teeth will not affect your dental health going into the future.
Wisdom teeth, although completely natural, can often be problematic to your dental health. Complications can occur, often leading to immense pain and a trip to the dental office. Not sure if Wisdom Teeth will be a problem for you? Know someone who is suffering and needs their wisdom teeth removed? Contact the team at Apple Dental Group today.