Many people wonder why, if wisdom teeth are “wise” why do they need to be removed? Wisdom teeth got their name because of the age at which they typically appear in most people. Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17-25 – which has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” All other teeth in a person’s mouth appear years before wisdom teeth. Therefore, because wisdom teeth appear at the time a person generally matures into adulthood they are considered “wise” to correspond with the age at which they come in.
However, many people don’t feel quite so wise when they learn that they have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are third molars that develop last in a person’s mouth. These rear molars typically do not have enough room to properly fit into the mouth and cause crowding and other dental problems. For people who have gone through orthodontic care to align their teeth beautifully, they surely do not want to mess up their beautiful smile from wisdom teeth crowding and pushing their teeth all around. Even for those who have not had or needed orthodontic care, an overly crowded environment in the mouth makes cleaning difficult. Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough room to erupt will be come impacted, causing pain and infection in the mouth.
Family dentists or oral surgeons are able to gently and effectively handle wisdom teeth extraction. The procedure is usually completed in an hour or using a local anesthesia, and patients are made to feel comfortable in the office and at home as their mouths heal. Wisdom teeth are able to be spotted on routine oral X-rays, and your dentist will be able to help you determine the best time to have them removed.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
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