October 2009 Archives

Do We Need Our Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are unnecessary "third molars" that usually erupt (break through the gum) between the ages of 17 and 25. Not only are these teeth not necessary, they can be damaging to your oral health.

Not everyone will have wisdom teeth break through the gums. But if you do, you may notice anywhere from one to four erupting in the back of your mouth. Sometimes more than four can break through the surface of your gums. Scientists are not sure why the number of wisdom teeth that come in can vary for each person.

Some people will not have a problem when their wisdom teeth come in. However, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that about 85 percent of wisdom teeth will need to be extracted at some point.

Others will have an immediate problem when their wisdom teeth begin to erupt. If your mouth or jaw is too small, it can cause pain as they try to find room inside your mouth. When this is the case and your third molars try to break through your gums, they can knock your other teeth out of place and misalign your bite. This can lead to headaches, sinus pain and jaw pain.

A dental exam can determine whether or not your wisdom teeth will be problematic.

If your wisdom teeth are coming in or you are between the ages of 17 and 25, you should schedule an appointment to see if these third molars are going to pose a problem for your oral health. If you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, Exceptional Dentistry is here to help. Nevada cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Bloch can help you decide if and when your wisdom teeth should be removed. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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