It is said that with age comes wisdom. That may be why our wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop. Sometimes wisdom teeth can be an asset to our mouths, but more often than not they can prove to be troublesome.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth — the third set of molars that often appear in adulthood — are vestigial organs that are our inheritance from our earlier, more primitive ancestors. Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were an evolutionary byproduct of Early Man’s diet of rough foraged foods. As humans have evolved and our environments have changed, so too has our need for wisdom teeth. That third set of molars has become all but completely functionless.
Complications from Wisdom Teeth
There are many people who never experience complications from their wisdom teeth, and whose wisdom teeth are functionally equivalent to their other teeth. But according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons an astounding 85% of us will experience some complication involving our wisdom teeth that will necessitate their extraction.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop, but potential problems can be detected during childhood. This is one of many reasons that it is important to visit your Brampton dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to monitor the development of your wisdom teeth and recommend a course of treatment, if one should be needed.
Whether one, some, or all of your wisdom teeth need to be removed, it’s best to have the procedure performed in your late teens or early adulthood. Because the roots are only about two-thirds grown at this point they are more easily removed. This ensures optimal healing for the patient and fewer complications overall.
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