Wisdom teeth earned their name because they are the final set of molars that humans receive. While they don’t serve a significant function, they can be pesky because of their hard-to-reach placement, which makes them harder to clean and maintain. They also can grow in crookedly, which makes them even more difficult to manage.
Chances are that you have had your wisdom teeth removed, either after they erupted from the gums and caused problems or as a preventative measure before they grew in crookedly. But are you out of the woods after a certain timeframe has passed and you haven’t seen your wisdom teeth grow in?
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third, and last, set of molars that you will receive as your teeth grow in. For the vast majority of people, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 20 years, although many people have impacted wisdom teeth that never break the surface of the gums at all.
Why Do People Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are pretty hard to reach, so it can be difficult to keep them clean and healthy during your normal brushing routine. One of the most common reasons why people get them removed is due to pericoronitis, which is the inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the wisdom teeth. Another reason why people may elect to get their wisdom teeth removed is because the tooth has become infected or is ridden with cavities, which again is due to lack of hygiene in the area.
How Do I Know if I Need a Wisdom Tooth Removed?
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, swelling, a bad taste in your mouth, or bleeding around the wisdom tooth area, it’s probably time to have it removed. Schedule an appointment with your dentist right away so that you no longer have to endure any unnecessary pain!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is a quick and easy procedure, and we make sure to numb the area and administer an anesthetic if needed so that you won’t feel anything during it. Afterwards, it’s important to not let any food particles get caught in the surgery site and to allow it to heal. You may need to eat soft foods and ice your cheeks for a few days depending on how many extractions you’ve had at once and if you’ve had impacted teeth extracted. The total healing process takes about 1-2 weeks.
Can Wisdom Teeth Erupt Late?
The vast majority of wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 20 years, but there have been a few occurrences when wisdom teeth erupt later. It is important to see your dentist twice a year and get yearly x-rays in order to ensure that your wisdom teeth aren’t planning on erupting anytime soon!
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