Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know

by on September 16, 2016
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Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars most people develop in their late teens. In some cases, it is not necessary to have the third set of molars removed if they do not pose any problems and are growing in correctly. Unfortunately, for most people, this is not always the case and there are several reasons why your dentist will recommend having the removed.

1. Your jawbone is too small. Our jawbones have gotten smaller over time, compared to our ancestors. This means there is not enough room to accommodate the wisdom teeth and can create overcrowding of the teeth.

2. The wisdom teeth are pushing your other teeth together. When overcrowding occurs, it can push your other teeth in various directions and lead to crooked teeth. Realigning the teeth is easily i accomplished using Invisalign®n place of traditional braces after the wisdom teeth have been extracted.

3. The wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted molars tend to stay hidden under the gums where they grow in a horizontal direction towards other teeth. This, too, can cause the teeth to be pushed in different directions to make room for the molars.

4. Impacted wisdom teeth can destroy other healthy teeth. Sometimes, impacted molars will grow into the roots of other healthy molars. When the roots are destroyed the teeth become loose and can fall out. In addition, as the wisdom teeth grown into the roots, it can cause extreme pain and discomfort.

5. The wisdom teeth keep developing new cavities. Due to the location of the third molars, even in cases where they develop correctly and there is sufficient room on the jaw bone for them, they can be difficult to keep clean. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Initially, your dentist may fill a new cavity, but if it becomes an ongoing problem where new cavities are constantly occurring, it may be best to have the wisdom teeth removed.

What Is the Best Time to Get Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

It all depends upon your dental health and particular situation and circumstances. For some people, it is better to have them removed while they are still in their teens. For other people, their wisdom teeth could develop correctly and not pose any problems until later in their adult life. The only advantage to having them removed when you are younger is a faster healing and recovery process. However, it is always best to consult with your dentist for an examination and to determine the most appropriate treatment.

I’m In My 20s: What If My Wisdom Teeth Have Not Developed?

There are rare cases where some people simply never develop wisdom teeth. If they never develop, then you do not have worry about potentially needing to get them extracted.

If you are concerned about developing wisdom teeth or have other questions, contact Kennedy Square Dental today at 905-789-7339 to schedule an appointment.