Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the most frequently-extracted types of teeth because they are highly prone to problems during their growth and development. Clinically known as your third set of permanent molars, wisdom teeth often have little room to erupt properly at the ends of your dental ridge. They can become impacted by the molars already there, pushing against them as they continue to grow. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause increasingly worse discomfort, and may result in severe damage to one or more of your other teeth. Because they do not fully erupt from the gum line, impacted wisdom teeth usually require surgical tooth extraction to remove.
Why do we develop third molars?
With the addition of the third set of four molars, a healthy adult mouth develops a total of 32 permanent teeth. After 28, however, the modern human jawbone can become crowded. Experts believe the additional four molars are remnants of our ancestors who needed the additional chewing power to consume a rougher diet of raw, courser foods.
Do I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Not everyone who develops wisdom teeth will develop oral health problems as a result. For many patients, the additional four molars can grow in without incident, fitting perfectly among the other 28 teeth along their dental ridges. Still, however, patients may opt for preemptive wisdom tooth removal to avoid potential problems and discomfort in the future.
Find Out if You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal
If your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble, or if you’d like to avoid discomfort associated with wisdom tooth impaction, then ask your dentist if it’s time to extract them. Schedule an appointment by calling Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We’re open every Sunday by appointment only, and we proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Dallas, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.