Wisdom teeth don’t have much to do with actual wisdom. They’re called that because for most people, they come in during the late teens or early twenties, that time of life when we are supposedly gaining our adult wisdom. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we’ve made wisdom teeth one of our specialties.
For some people, wisdom teeth are never a problem. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Wisdom teeth have a way of coming in crooked, which can cause problems. Since they’re our third set of molars, they can also crowd the gums and jaws, leading to pain, and even disease.
They also are not really necessary, and most people have them pulled. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having wisdom teeth examined as soon as they come in – even before, through X-rays – to determine whether they should be removed.
Another reason that wisdom teeth cause problems is that since they’re way in the back of the jaw, they’re the hardest teeth to reach when you brush and floss. Using a long and slender toothbrush can help.
But other problems are associated with wisdom teeth. If they don’t come in all the way, and remain covered by gum tissue, they are called impacted. Cysts may form beneath these impacted teeth, which can cause bone loss and pressure on the jaw’s nerves.
So, there are a lot of good reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. An extraction is a fairly routine procedure. The reason we recommend having wisdom teeth extracted no later than around the age of twenty is that there are fewer complications, because the roots are less developed.
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