Although most of us are aware of what wisdom teeth are, just so we are clear – wisdom teeth are molars that are the last of your teeth to grow in on either side of your jaw. As the last teeth to erupt, they usually do so between the ages of 16 and 20.
Because these teeth are so prolonged in their growth cycle, there is often not enough space left in an individual’s mouth to allow for these additional teeth. As such, wisdom teeth often become impacted -which is when a tooth has become trapped under the gum tissue due to another tooth already existing on top of it- or a bone could also be obstructing it from growing in accordingly.
Often wisdom teeth are capable of emerging partially, but if so, they usually come in crooked and can lead to increased risk for tooth decay or create crowding of your existing teeth.
Teeth that are removed before the age of 20 have developed less root growth, and as such, there are usually fewer complications to extracting those teeth.
It is often recommended that you have your wisdom teeth assessed between the ages of 16-19 in order to see if there are potential problems occurring beneath the gums that you are unaware of, and if those wisdom teeth should be removed. Often, this is the case.
In our next blog, we will discuss how a wisdom tooth is removed, the process and plan that is involved in that undertaking, and help alleviate any questions or concerns you might have prior to a procedure such as this.
As always, Dentists R Us is happy to help you address any questions or concerns you might have regarding your wisdom teeth, or any other dental-related inquiries.
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