Removing Late-developing Teeth
A patient’s third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth,” are highly susceptible to issues during their development and growth. This makes them one of the most frequently removed types of teeth. The reason they sometimes cause issues is because they have little room to properly erupt from the back of the dental ridge. Molars already present may impact them, pushing back against the wisdom teeth. This, in turn, may cause damage to other, nearby teeth. To address this issue, we often recommend surgical tooth extraction to remove the wisdom teeth.
What are Wisdom Teeth, and Why Do We Develop Them?
A healthy, adult mouth develops a total of 32 permanent teeth with the addition of the third set of four molars. These four remaining teeth usually arrive in a patient’s late teens and can crowd the mouth. Experts believe humans may have developed wisdom teeth for additional chewing power when our ancestors ate a rougher diet of raw and coarser foods.
Do They Really Have to be Removed?
Every patient’s situation is unique, and not everyone who develops wisdom teeth will need to have them removed. That is why it is important that you schedule regular dental exams with us so that we can keep track of your dental health and address any issues before they arise.
Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Removal with Us
If the development of wisdom teeth is affecting your oral health, we can help by removing them. To schedule a consultation, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We proudly serve patients from around the DFW area, including Garland, Mesquite, Oak Cliff, and all surrounding communities.