Wisdom Teeth, Don’t Let Your Teeth Fall To The Wayside

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Wisdom Teeth, Don’t Let Your Teeth Fall To The Wayside
July 25
15:49 2016

The constant, dull pain your wisdom teeth cause you seem to be resistant to any painkillers, making you feel sick and helpless. Unfortunately, though wisdom teeth can hardly grant you extra wisdom, they may certainly undermine your oral health and how you feel in your daily life.

We spoke with a dentist at Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA+C) to discuss how wisdom teeth affect your daily life.

“The average adult has 32 teeth: 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. However, many mouths are only able to hold only 28 teeth, [and] it can lead to problems when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that has room for 28.”

Most people have wisdom teeth, but there are cases when a person may be congenitally missing one or more third molars. According to ADA+C, nine out of 10 adults with wisdom teeth have at least one impacted, making it unable to break through the gums due to the lack of space in the mouth. Misalignment is another problem associated with wisdom teeth: they can be angled inward or outward, toward or away from the second molars.

Wisdom Teeth, Don’t Let Your Teeth Fall To The Wayside

Wisdom Teeth, Don’t Let Your Teeth Fall To The Wayside

Impacted wisdom teeth causing problems or with a potential to do so should be extracted, ADA+C said. This type of surgery is done under local anesthetics similar to that used when we get our fillings.

Of course, not every wisdom tooth has to be extracted. Your doctor won’t put you through unnecessary surgery, being sure to weigh multiple factors before acting. But procrastinating with necessary wisdom tooth removal may result in many serious complications and potential long-term consequences, ranging from cavities that cannot be restored, infections and periodontal disease to damage to neighboring teeth and pathologies, like cysts and tumors.

There is no exact age when wisdom teeth start to erupt. Generally, it happens between the ages of 15 and 20, and the sooner your dentist notices abnormality in their growth, the sooner it can be fixed without further serious complications.

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