Common Questions About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the most frequently problematic types of teeth. The reason is because patients often don’t have enough room left on their dental ridges to accommodate them after your second molars have already developed. Because of this, many patients can experience trouble such as tooth impaction, tooth damage, and increasingly more severe tooth pain. Today, we examine a few common questions about wisdom teeth, the trouble they cause, and how your dentist can help you relieve it.

Why are they called wisdom teeth?

The third set of molars typically grows in between the ages of 17 and 25. This used to be referred to as the age of wisdom, hence the nickname “wisdom teeth.” Many people also consider their development a rite of passage of sorts, since they don’t begin to erupt until early adulthood.

Why do they hurt so often?

Because they’re the last teeth to develop, wisdom teeth come at a time when your smile is already full. However, just because wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow doesn’t mean they stop trying. Even when impacted by other molars, wisdom teeth will continue to push against them, causing your teeth, gums, and the surrounding jawbone to ache.

Does everybody need wisdom tooth extraction?

The only way to stop impacted wisdom teeth from hurting and damaging your other teeth is to extract them. In many cases, patients choose to extract wisdom teeth before they start to cause trouble, helping them avoid the need for more restorative treatment. While not everyone needs wisdom tooth extraction, the extra molars aren’t necessary for your bite’s balance, and extracting them can more beneficial to your oral health.

Find Out if Wisdom Tooth Extraction Is a Good Idea

Often, wisdom teeth are extracted before they even begin to cause problems, which can help patients avoid the serious complications that can arise from impacted molars. To learn how you can treat it and save your teeth, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

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