Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Have you ever wondered why we have wisdom teeth only to have them removed? You wouldn't be the first person to ask this question, and you most certainly won't be the last. Luckily, Dr. Copeland at Cedar Lake Dental can answer all of your questions about wisdom teeth, their purpose, and ultimately whether or not you need yours removed!
Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There is no simple answer to that question, and only a consultation along with X-rays and an exam will be able to give you an accurate answer. In a broader sense, we can give you an understanding of how the eruption of wisdom teeth can lead to dental issues, and why most people will need theirs extracted at some point. If you think your wisdom teeth may be bothering you, call us today for a consultation!
Why Do Oral Surgeons Recommend We Remove Our Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow, typically around 18-22 years of age. By 18 years of age, most of our other teeth have already been firmly set in our jaw. This means that when our wisdom teeth come in, there isn’t much room for them. They can damage the molars in front of them by pushing against them, causing decay and overcrowding of your teeth. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth won’t fully erupt and will stay below the gum line, which can lead to an infection.
A Long-Lasting and Healthy Smile
In a nutshell, the arrival of your wisdom teeth could cause damage to your existing teeth, cause infection, or generally become a nuisance. As we age, our jaws will harden and complicate wisdom tooth removal. That is why many doctors will recommend their removal at as younger age as a preventative dental measure. At Cedar Lake Family Dental, we want your teeth to stay healthy for your whole life, and wisdom tooth removal is just another step in keeping your smile beautiful!