Wisdom Teeth Removal Keeps Your Smile Safe For The Future
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- Prevent future dental issues
- Reduce orthodontic problems
- Save on future treatments
- Alleviate oral pain
- Avoid cysts & jaw damage.
Nearly all of us develop wisdom teeth and wish we didn’t. Most of us have them on each side of our mouth, upper and lower. Strictly speaking, they are our third set of molars. They’re called “wisdom teeth” because they are so late in erupting out of the jaw – much later than all other teeth in the mouth, arriving in the late teens to early 20s.
Most of us end up developing wisdom need. And at some point, many of us need to see our dentist for wisdom teeth removal to prevent dental problems from happening.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
These teeth are situated at the back of our mouth. They are a third set of molars. They don’t make their presence known until we are teenagers or in our early 20s. Our ancestors, who had more prominent jaws than we do, utilized these teeth to grind down different foods. Since our diets drastically changed, we no longer needed these large chompers to get the job done. As our adults, our teeth include four incisors (for biting), two canines (for tearing), four bicuspids or premolars, and six molars, including wisdom teeth (all for grinding). That makes for a total of 32 teeth. Today, most jaws can only accommodate 32 teeth.
When Wisdom Teeth Begin To Cause Issues
When wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they apply pressure to existing teeth. This can be uncomfortable and painful. In some cases, wisdom teeth are on an angle and push on the roots of back molars. Other times, they force teeth to shift. This can be very detrimental to your smile, especially if you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment.
Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
You or your child most likely won’t experience all these issues at once. However, you should be aware that impacted (not enough room) wisdom teeth can cause…
- pain or discomfort
- pain in the jaw
- sore gums
- shifting teeth
- swelling & infection
- bad breath
- cysts in the jawbone
- periodontal disease
- difficulty opening your mouth.
Do you require wisdom teeth removal? By seeing your Charlotte dentist regularly, we can use x-rays to determine if they could be problematic. Removing these teeth sooner often makes for easier extractions and a quick recovery time. Call today to find if we can help your smile with this safe and effective option.