Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Third molars are more commonly known as wisdom teeth because they appear at a more mature age.
Through evolution our mouths have become smaller and some people might not have wisdom teeth! However, most people do have them and they can become problematic. They can be trapped under your jaw or gums (impacted). They can be in an incorrect position leading to trapping of food and bacteria. They can push and crowd the other teeth. They can cause soreness, stiffness, swelling, and pain in the jaw, jaw joint, or mouth. They are difficult to clean which can lead to cavities and bone loss, affecting other teeth.
Every patient is unique, however in general, it is recommended that wisdom teeth are extracted for many reasons in addition to those listed above. If you are able to keep your wisdom teeth, they will be monitored at each exam, as problems may develop later on.
Call us today to schedule your appointment for a wisdom teeth check up or extraction.