What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars. You can expect them to appear between the ages of 17 to 25. Interestingly, this period of your life is sometimes referred to as the age of wisdom. Not everyone will develop wisdom teeth and a small percentage of the population will never have them. People who do develop wisdom teeth, as a rule, will get four of them, one in each back corner of the mouth.
What If I Have Good Wisdom Teeth?
If you happen to be fortunate and your wisdom teeth come in properly, there is no need to worry about them. Keeping them will actually give you a third set of chewers.
My Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Me Problems
For many of us, wisdom teeth will cause problems almost as soon as they appear. The simple fact is the human jawbone is not usually big enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are apt to come in crooked because of lack of space in your jaw. When this happens, they can come in sideways, only slightly emerging from the gums. This condition is known as partially impacted wisdom teeth. A partially impacted wisdom tooth will crowd other teeth, causing them to grow crooked. Your dentist will recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted if this condition arises.
When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted it can cause infection around the tooth when it starts to emerge. This inflammation can be very painful and even cause stiffness in your jaw. Also, there is the possibility of damage to bone structure, other teeth or molars, and your gums. This is a serious condition and requires that you see your dentist immediately.
See Your Dentist Regularly
As a rule, your dentist will suggest you have your wisdom teeth removed one at a time or as they appear. However, in some circumstances, your dentist might recommend removing them all at once. This usually happens when you have delayed seeing your dentist and the only way to stop the pain is to extract all your wisdom teeth in one sitting. Regular visits to your dentist will avoid expensive and painful dental problems.
Choosing the right dentist is important for several reasons. You should select a dentist who is able to perform any dental procedure you might need. These services should include the following.
- Family Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Braces
- Teeth Cleaning
- Invisalign Orthodontics
- Dental Implants
If you like your dentist, you’ll be more likely to schedule routine visits and avoid the expense and misery that comes with not getting proper oral care. Simcoe Smile Dental is one clinic that is sure to leave you smiling. Call us today at 289.312.1482.