Wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt around the age of 17, can be seen as a rite of passage into adulthood. But for many people, they’re the beginning of a host of dental troubles, especially when they become impacted by jawbone structure, gum tissues, and/or other molars. If you experience trouble with your wisdom teeth, then the need to extract them may be obvious. However, if they aren’t yet problematic, then you might question if wisdom tooth extraction is a good idea.
What exactly are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are clinically known as third molars because they’re the third set of permanent molars that you develop. These days, we don’t necessarily need the additional chewing power, and our jawbones have grown smaller than our ancestors. Therefore, wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, with little room to grow properly or erupt completely from the jawbone and gum line.
How do I know if I should extract my wisdom teeth?
Not everyone experiences impacted wisdom teeth. Some may develop all of their third molars without any complications, and others may never develop third molars at all. If you do grow wisdom teeth and they become impacted, then the increasing discomfort and the feeling of pressure on your teeth may hint that you should have them extracted as soon as possible.
Do extracted wisdom teeth need to be replaced?
Unlike teeth that are extracted due to severe damage or tooth decay, wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced to restore your bite. Removing impacted wisdom teeth improves your bite and oral health, and will allow your dentist to restore any teeth that may have been damaged as a result of their presence.
Should You Extract Your Wisdom Teeth?
If your wisdom teeth have grown in but are not yet giving you trouble, then find out if extracting them can help you avoid future discomfort. To speak with your dentist, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.