Most of us forget about the pain of losing and growing new teeth as soon as our last permanent teeth emerge in elementary school—at least until we get our wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth may sound fancy or beneficial, but they can actually spell disaster for your dental future. Smart individuals can plan and prevent disaster by learning everything they can about wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth extraction, and everything that comes with it.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” that come through or erupt, behind the usually two molars that complete the teeth’ semicircle at either end of the jaw, upper and lower. Wisdom teeth are the last to emerge through the three stages of tooth development.
- The first set of teeth, known as baby teeth, consists of 20 teeth that will erupt and then be lost between the ages of 7-11.
- The second set of teeth will replace baby teeth with 32 permanent teeth around age 12.
- Wisdom teeth will begin to impact or erupt between the ages of 17-25 for those who have wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are called such because they erupt when you are older and wiser, but our teeth are much healthier and better cared for today than ages past. Wisdom teeth may have been vital replacements for lost or decayed teeth in the past, but now we have less need. Thus, many people don’t ever show wisdom teeth, or they may have them without eruption as humans have evolved past the need for wisdom teeth.
Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Some individuals can have wisdom teeth eruption without any problems, but for many, the eruption of wisdom teeth can create serious complications.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth – wisdom teeth may not have adequate space for growth, causing them to come in at an angle to the back molars. Not only is this painful, but it can move and displace your teeth.
Cysts – as the wisdom teeth develop in the jawbone, it’s possible for cysts to form. These sacs of fluid can become painful, infected, and swollen, causing dangerous problems for your mouth and overall health.
Decay – wisdom teeth are more susceptible to decay. Whether it’s because they’re so deep in the mouth, or that they often erupt only partially, the fact remains that wisdom teeth are harder to clean, gather more plaque, produce bad breath, and decay faster.
As you near the stage of young adulthood, it’s important to look for the signs of erupting wisdom teeth such as pain, swollen gums, jaw problems, and bad breath. Proactively addressing the growing issue of erupting wisdom teeth with effective wisdom teeth extraction can help you prevent any problems or discomfort before they occur. It is recommended that wisdom teeth be extracted early not only to avoid discomfort but also to make the healing process more effective.
Better Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If you’re ready to remove your wisdom teeth, or you’d just like to know more about the process, our experts can help you. We serve the Cottonwood Heights area, as well as South Jordan, West Jordan, Sandy, Riverton, Murray, Taylorsville, Bluffdale, Heriman, and Tooele. Trust Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah with your wisdom teeth.