What You Need to Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

Posted on 1/30/2020 by Harry Albers, DDS
What You Need to Know About Your Wisdom TeethTeeth are one of the central features in the human anatomy. In fact, teeth start appearing in babies when they are about 6 to 12 months old and continue growing until someone has all the sets of teeth they need. The last ones to erupt are usually the wisdom teeth which come when someone is about 17 to 21 years of age.

Unlike their counterparts, wisdom teeth are often the most difficult when they are growing. Since they are the last sets of teeth to come in, there is often little to no space available for the teeth to grow. Therefore, it's more likely that they become impacted. To appreciate how vital these teeth are, let's take a look at some facts about wisdom teeth.

They Can Be Problematic

One of the biggest reasons why wisdom teeth are removed is that they can bring about a lot of issues. Since these third molars are usually the last to come in, we find that they are often impacted which them means they don't get enough room for them to erupt. Furthermore, if you have a small jawbone that cannot sustain the tooth, you will find that the tooth might breakthrough but not all the way. Therefore, you are left with a flap of gum that can be a home for germs.

They are Powerful

For people whose wisdom teeth are correctly set, they turn out to be one of the strongest teeth we have in our mouths. Since wisdom teeth have a larger surface area and are also connected at the strongest point for on the jawbone, it, therefore, means they have the power to crush objects the other teeth would not. Essentially, it means that breaking down food is not an issue.

Some Require Removal

When these teeth need to be removed, unlike the others which could simply be removed by just uprooting them, the wisdom teeth need surgery to get there. Since the root network is robust, pulling the teeth out is not possible without causing a lot of harm. Therefore, when you want to remove them, you have to come to see us for a successful procedure.
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