Wisdom teeth are kind of like souvenirs from our prehistoric ancestors. They needed them in order to manage their diets that consisted of roots, leaves, nuts, berries and tough meats. Now, however, the foods we eat are softer so over the years wisdom teeth have become obsolete. In fact, most people don’t have jaws large enough to accommodate these third molars as they’re also called. That’s why the dentist in Richardson will likely suggest wisdom teeth extraction. Want to know more about wisdom teeth and extraction? Read on.
WHY DO WISDOM TEETH ERUPT LATER THAN OTHERS?
From the time a baby’s very first tooth comes in, tooth development is very organized. Front teeth come in first and then the others, gradually moving toward the back of the mouth. A child’s first molars erupt around the age of six, and then second molars come in when they are about 12 years old.
Wisdom teeth actually begin forming around the age of 10, but they usually don’t erupt until sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Hundreds of years ago when life expectancy was much shorter than it is today, this was the age when people were considered wiser. That’s why they’re called wisdom teeth.
WHY ARE WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTED?
Aside from the fact that your mouth may not be big enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, there are several other reasons to have them removed. Wisdom teeth could be impacted, meaning they are trapped in the jawbone or gums. Similarly, they may be positioned incorrectly and put pressure on adjacent teeth. If this happens, you’ll likely feel some discomfort or even pain—a sure sign that it’s time to have those wisdom teeth extracted.
Finally, cavities and gum disease are a greater risk with partially erupted wisdom teeth, because they are much more difficult to keep clean. Food can get caught in the gum tissue surrounds a wisdom tooth. This becomes a feeding ground for bacteria, which can translate to serious infection.
WHEN SHOULD WISDOM TEETH BE EXTRACTED?
Your dentist will likely suggest wisdom teeth extractions in Richardson just as the teeth are developing during the latter teen years or early 20s. At this stage, wisdom teeth are not fully integrated into the jawbone and are much more easily removed. Waiting simply means that your wisdom teeth will have more time to bond with gum and bone, making for a greater risk of complications during surgery and a more difficult recovery process.
If you have other questions about wisdom teeth, or if you’d like to know whether or not it’s time for extraction, contact your dentist in Richardson.
MEET DR. NGUYEN
David Nguyen, DDS, FICOI has completed training that allows him to safely provide advanced treatments such as tooth extraction for his Richardson dental patients. Dr. Nguyen has also achieved the prestigious fellow status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. That means Dr. Nguyen is the best dentist in the area to remove damaged teeth and replace them with perfectly functioning, natural looking implant supported replacement teeth. If you’re ready to get started, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen and the Dental Care Today of Richardson team.