Wisdom Teeth Basics

Important Information Regarding Wisdom Teeth

As with most body parts, your mouth undergoes numerous changes in your lifetime. A substantial change that occurs when you are typically in your teens and up into the early 20s, is the growth of your third molars. Historically, they were coined wisdom teeth as they appear at a more mature age.

When they grow properly, wisdom teeth can come in handy when chewing, but this is not always the case. People sometimes do not have enough space for them to grow in correctly. This results in discomfort and pain as they come out in the wrong position. If you are experiencing pain when wisdom teeth start to grow, then it’s imperative that you consult your dentist as soon as possible.

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As wisdom teeth come up through the gums, the dentist will be watching for the following signs:

  • Wisdom teeth that are not in the correct position. These tend to create gaps where food becomes trapped, which turns into bacteria.
  • Wisdom teeth that have come in incorrectly, which makes it hard to floss between them and the next molars.
  • Wisdom teeth that have come through partially. This gives bacteria a chance to get into the gums, harbour, and can ideally lead to infection. This can ideally cause swelling, stiffness, and pain in the jaw.
  • Wisdom teeth that do not have room to come through, which tends to lead to damage to the nearby teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted. These can lead to a cyst formation, which may damage the roots of neighbouring teeth or even destroy the bone that supports the teeth.

Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed

Every individual is different, but generally, these molars may require removal when the following is evident:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Tumors
  • Cyst
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Damage to neighbouring teeth

Before you make any decisions about removal, the dentist will assess your mouth and take an x-ray. You can then expect to discuss the best form of treatment and whether removal is necessary.

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What About Keeping Wisdom Teeth?

In this case, it is imperative to keep our wisdom teeth monitored on a regular basis as there’s a potential for developing issues later on. As you age, it’s important to know that you are at a higher risk for overall health risks, and this includes potential issues with your wisdom teeth. As such, you will want to ensure you brush and floss around these molars on a regular basis and visit the dentist regularly, as well.

Visits to the dentist enable the practitioner to assess the wisdom teeth, identify any issues early on, and evaluate your overall dental health. Also, keep in mind that your oral health impacts the health of other organs, so always be vigilant.

Have more question about wisdom teeth?  Contact us today and we are happy to address any of your dental health questions!

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