Wisdom Teeth 101

Despite the name, wisdom teeth aren’t always that smart. In fact, they only grow in some people, can crowd the mouth which leads to oral problems later in life, and they don’t always have a function.

At American Dental Care, we provide expert wisdom teeth removal for our patients in New Britain to keep their mouths healthy and pain-free. Let’s take a look at what wisdom teeth are, how they function, and some common causes for getting them removed:

 

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

As a third set of molars that grow in some people between the ages of 17 and 25, wisdom teeth are believed to be an evolutionary measure that allowed our early ancestors to eat vegetables, roots, and raw meats.

 

Do We Really Need Them?

In a word: no. While some people keep their wisdom teeth their entire lives without a problem, others have them removed as a preventative measure against overcrowding in the mouth. Either way, it’s recommended that you have them evaluated occasionally to ensure they don’t pose a threat. In fact, some dentists take these teeth out to thwart problems later on, even if there are no symptoms occurring.

 

Common Causes for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Incorrect Growth

Wisdom teeth can grow in crooked, and they cannot be corrected with braces. As they grow, there may not be enough room in the mouth, and overcrowding occurs which can be painful. By extracting one or more wisdom teeth, your dentist can help to prevent this condition.

 

Cyst Around the Tooth

A cyst, or fluid-filled sac, can form next to your wisdom tooth. If untreated, it can damage bones, roots, and the surrounding tooth structures.

 

Sinus Issues

When the upper wisdom teeth grow in, they can sometimes rub against the sinuses, which puts pressure on them and can be painful. This can also lead to congestion and headaches.

 

Inflamed Gums

When wisdom teeth begin spouting out of the gum, the surrounding tissue can trap bacteria and food particles. This can cause pericoronitis, which is a hardening and inflammation of these tissues.

 

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

While only your professional American Dental Care dentist can answer that question, if you experience any of the conditions listed above, you should schedule an appointment for a checkup. Many people live with their wisdom teeth their entire lives without issues; others need them removed as soon as they appear. Either way, we can select the option that best for you and your oral health!

To schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth removal, or for dental fillings in New Britain, call us at 215-348-4041 today!

2019-03-27T05:45:27-05:00 November 6th, 2018|Orthodontist|