March 9, 2018
In college, you’ve probably known a friend—or at least a friend of a friend—that’s had their wisdom teeth extracted. Right around the time that teens start developing into young adults, the back teeth will develop.
Sometimes, this can continue with no problem at all—but there are some cases that call for wisdom teeth to be removed. Learn more about when it’s appropriate to preform a wisdom tooth extraction in Maple Valley here in this week’s blog post.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Get Extracted?
The very back teeth that awkwardly develop between the ages of 17-25 are known as your third molars, or wisdom teeth. These are the very last set of molars to develop as a young adult, lying behind your second molars. Because they develop so late and your smile is used to the position that it’s been in for years, your dentist will typically recommend removing them to avoid dental concerns in the future.
You may need your wisdom teeth to be extracted if:
- Your wisdom teeth don’t fit in the back of your smile. Many patients simply don’t have enough space to fit new, whole molars in the back of the smile. When this happens, your wisdom teeth may begin to crowd your other teeth, causing alignment issues and unnecessary wear and tear.
- Wisdom teeth develop in the wrong way. Some wisdom teeth don’t develop into their appropriate, straight positions. You’ll feel discomfort, experience wear and tear on your teeth, and even suffer from uncomfortable rubbing and tearing of the soft tissues.
- It’s more difficult to clean the back of your smile. Brushing and flossing teeth in the back of your mouth is already challenging, so it can be more difficult when a whole set of molars develop even further back. If you’re not effectively cleaning your new teeth, they could suffer from decay or develop gum disease.
- They never made it outside the gum line. Many patients suffer from “impacted” wisdom teeth. This is when the tooth never develops outside of the gum line, making it necessary to receive oral surgery to have them extracted.
Are You a Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Although you might not feel any pain when your wisdom teeth begin to develop, you should still speak to a dentist about them coming in. Your dentist will always recommend what’s best for your oral health, and sometimes that is extraction. Learn more by scheduling a consultation with your dentist today!
About Our Office
Here at Four Corner Family Dentistry, we know that most patients would rather avoid having a tooth extracted. However, if it’s best for your smile, we will make the experience as positive as possible with local anesthetic, comfortable patient amenities, and even helpful sedation if you have anxiety about the procedure. Learn more about how we can help you by contacting us today!
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