Wisdom Teeth

Insight Into Wisdom Teeth

The term “wisdom tooth” comes from the idea that these teeth typically start to emerge when a person is in their late teens or early twenties, which is often considered the age when they gain more wisdom and maturity. 

These teeth are also called “third molars” because they are the third set in the back of your mouth.

Now, let’s talk about why wisdom teeth often need removal. Wisdom teeth can be problematic for several reasons:

Lack of Space: Most people’s mouths must be bigger to accommodate these extra teeth. As a result, when wisdom teeth start to come in, they may not have enough room. That can cause them to become impacted, meaning they don’t fully emerge from the gum line.

Misalignment: Wisdom teeth can come in at odd angles or in the wrong direction, which can affect the alignment of your other teeth. That can lead to crowding, shifting, and other dental problems.

Pain and Discomfort: Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can be painful. They can cause gum inflammation, swelling, and even infections. That can lead to discomfort, difficulty eating, and difficulty cleaning the area properly.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Because they are located at the back of the mouth, it can be challenging to clean wisdom teeth properly. That makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

The good news is that removing wisdom teeth is a widespread and routine dental procedure. Dr. Seth is experienced in safely removing these teeth to prevent further complications. You don’t need to feel anxious; our dental team ensures you are comfortable throughout the process, often using local anesthesia to numb the area. Afterward, you might experience temporary discomfort and swelling, which can usually be managed with pain medication and proper care.

So, if we recommend removing your wisdom teeth, it’s because we want to ensure the health and comfort of your mouth in the long run. It’s a standard procedure that many people go through, and it’s all part of maintaining good oral health.

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