Why Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed Is Necessary

 Every year about 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed. 

This may bring up some questions for you about the necessity of your own wisdom teeth removal. 

Are many people having their wisdom teeth removed simply because it has become commonplace? Is tooth extraction an easy way for dentists to make money?

No, that's not the reason behind so many people getting wisdom teeth removed.

Keep reading to learn more about why wisdom teeth removal is necessary in most cases. 

Where and When Do Wisdom Teeth Come In?

After you lose your baby teeth and your adult teeth come in, you add two sets of molars: 6-year molars and 12-year molars.

A third set of molars is also developing. These molars are what we refer to as wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth typically come in between 17-21 years old, erupting behind the 12-year molars. 

Why Is That a Problem?

Earlier in human history, jaws were bigger and stronger so that our ancestors could chew meat and rough vegetation that was the staple of their diet. 

As we have progressed and our food has become softer and more easily chewed, our jaws have stayed smaller. 

Now, by the time our third set of molars tries to take their place, there's typically no room for them. 

What Kinds of Problems Do Wisdom Teeth Cause?

If wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in, they will cause problems. 

If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, symptoms can include:

  • Pressure.
  • Discomfort,
  • Tooth pain, 
  • Redness and swelling,
  • Bleeding or and cuts on your gums and side of the mouth, 
  • Noticeable crowding of your other teeth and even 
  • Ear pain.

These symptoms may mean that your wisdom teeth 

  • Have become impacted, 
  • Caused an infection or cysts to develop, or they
  • Are damaging your other teeth.

An impacted wisdom tooth means that it did not come in correctly or all the way. It may have developed at the wrong angle or be stuck in the jaw. 

When these things happen, it tends to create more problems than just pain or discomfort. Infections are more likely because you can't clean the back of your mouth properly, and bacteria remain stuck behind your back molars. 

Cysts can also develop when space is left along the jaw that shouldn't be there, and fluid builds up to fill the space. These can also become infected. 

So What Can You Do?

If you are already experiencing any of the above symptoms, especially if you have otherwise healthy teeth, it is important to get to your dentist or an oral surgeon right away. 

If your dentist has never discussed the status of your wisdom teeth with you, now would be a great time to ask. A qualified oral surgeon like boiseoralsurgery.com is also a great resource. 

By viewing your X-rays, they can tell you how your wisdom teeth are growing and if you are at risk for any potential problems. 

Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed is Often Necessary

Because most people don't have room for four extra teeth, getting wisdom teeth removed is often necessary. Asking for a professional consultation can let you know what you may need to take care of your oral health. 

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