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Wisdom Teeth

Did you know that in most cases, you can have your General Dentist remove your wisdom teeth and not have to pay so much? Below are some answers to the most common questions about wisdom teeth.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also third molars, are the last teeth to develop in our mouths; usually appearing behind the upper and lower second (or 12-year) molars. These are called "wisdom teeth" because they normally appear during a person's late teens or early twenties (which has historically been named the "age of wisdom").

Why must many people have their wisdom teeth removed?

Many times human jaws are not normally big enough to fit the four wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom teeth can cause more issues than any other teeth in a person’s mouth. Actually, statistics show that for nine out of ten people, at minimum one wisdom tooth remains underneath the gum due to lack of room in the mouth.

Do wisdom teeth always have to be removed?

The answer is no. In fact, wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth as long as they are healthy and properly positioned.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

When a wisdom tooth is underneath the gum, and/or blocked from coming into the mouth correctly, it is called "impacted". Also, the tooth can be partially impacted, which means it grows in crooked and breaks through the gum only partially.

What types of problems can develop from impacted wisdom teeth?

Very serious problems can come from partially impacted teeth, such as pain, infection, and even damage to adjacent teeth. For totally impacted teeth, most serious problems can occur if the sac that surrounds the impacted tooth fills with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. This enlargement can hollow out the jaw and result in permanent damage to the adjacent teeth, jawbone, and nerves. If the cyst is not treated, a tumor may develop from the walls of the cyst and a more involved surgical procedure may be required for removal.

Will I always experience symptoms if I have a problem with my wisdom teeth?

No. Many problems with wisdom teeth can occur with very few or no symptoms at all. Therefore, damage may occur without you even knowing it. It is imperative to understand that as wisdom teeth develop, their roots become longer and the jawbone becomes more dense.

Why is it a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed early?

As a person grows older, it becomes more complex to remove wisdom teeth and complications can become much more severe. As a person ages, chances of all the above symptoms occurring are much higher. For these reasons, your dentist may suggest the removal of wisdom teeth even if they are not yet causing noticeable problems.