The third set of molars to develop at the back of your mouth, wisdom teeth typically begin to form around the age of nine and erupt during late adolescence or early adulthood. At Dental Horizons in Longmont, we understand that these molars often become problematic because they don’t always fully emerge from the gums, causing pain and discomfort as they push against surrounding teeth. In some cases, they can cause damage to adjacent teeth or become impacted in the jawbone, increasing the risk of infection.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
Some scientists believe wisdom teeth were once necessary for our early ancestors’ diets. Another theory states that our ancestors’ jaws were once larger and broader than the average adult jaw is today and could accommodate 32 teeth, including wisdom teeth.
What are the benefits of wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth removal can help prevent infection, crowding of adjacent teeth, and the development of cysts. Wisdom teeth removal also facilitates better oral hygiene by eliminating hard-to-reach areas where food particles and bacteria can accumulate.
Who should consider wisdom teeth removal?
Wisdom teeth removal may be recommended for those with impacted wisdom teeth, recurrent infections, or crowded adjacent teeth. Patients who experience pain and discomfort in their molars should also consider wisdom teeth removal.
At Dental Horizons, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy smile and that wisdom teeth removal can be an important way to protect your oral health. Contact us today with any questions you have about this service!