If you thought you were done getting all your teeth after all your baby teeth were replaced by their adult counterparts, think again! Somewhere around the age of 17 on through the age of 21, your third molars, or wisdom teeth, come in.
The clever moniker is meant to poke fun at the wisdom one gains as they age. However for some, wisdom teeth can be anything but fun. If you’re lucky, you won’t have any trouble when these far-rear molars arise through your gums. Perhaps a little discomfort as they poke through and take their place, but nothing else should come of it.
Others will experience pain and inconvenience at these late arrivals. Sometimes, there just isn’t enough room for these primitive teeth to emerge, causing trouble for your existing smile. They may not even emerge at all, sitting just beneath the surface of your gums. Your dentist will have to take a look to see what your wisdom teeth hold for your future.
What Wisdom Do Dentists Provide For Wisdom Teeth?
When you visit your dentist for your regular checkups, your dentist will be wise to your wisdom teeth through X-rays. He or she will be monitoring their position and progress. Wisdom teeth that are in odd positions can trap food and create a haven for bacteria to flourish.
Additionally, they might arrive in such a way that it is difficult to floss which can cause problems for the health of neighboring teeth. And speaking of those other teeth, they can crowd what little available space is there and cause damage.
If your wisdom teeth are causing too much trouble, your dentist might recommend that you have them removed to avoid further complications with your oral health.
How to Know When Your Wisdom Teeth Must Go
Essentially, if you have impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist won’t really be giving you a choice in the matter. You’ll have to have those wisdom teeth surgically removed so they don’t cause more serious problems.
If you have pain, infection, damage to surrounding teeth, gum disease, cysts, tumors, or tooth decay, you’ll be scheduling wisdom teeth removal in your near future. While the recovery can be painful, you’ll soon feel much better. Even if nothing is wrong in your mouth, you may need to have those wisdom teeth removed for a better outcome with braces too.
What Happens If You Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?
In some cases, it’s definitely not wise to leave your wisdom teeth in. Other times, your dentist might want to monitor the situation if no serious symptoms have arisen as of yet. Some people live their whole lives without a single problem from their wisdom teeth while others have dental difficulties to contend with until they have them removed.
Ultimately, you should listen to what your dentist recommends about your wisdom teeth and follow their advice. Doing so will ensure you have a healthy smile and a comfortable mouth to see you through.
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
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