Contrary to as the name might sound, wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. In fact, they usually are a nuisance because they grow in after all of your other teeth disrupting your dental work and usually need to be removed. Wisdom teeth (or third molars as they are sometimes called) generally erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five.
Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Causes pain
- They are impacted
- They have cavities that cannot be restored
- Cysts or Tumors
Most often, a wisdom tooth needs to be removed because it is impacted. An impacted tooth is when there is not enough space for the tooth to erupt in the mouth. An impacted tooth can be very painful and lead to infection. Additionally, they can crowd your mouth and cause damage to the roots of nearby teeth. Other potential problems include forming a cyst in the mouth, which can lead to permanent damage. Removal of wisdom teeth is done with surgery. Before the surgery you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get all of the information, at this time your dentist will tell you what to expect and it is encouraged that you ask questions.Just because you are not in pain, that doesn’t mean everything is fine either. Pain free does not necessarily mean disease or problem free. Even if your wisdom teeth grow in normally, it is best to have them evaluated by a doctor to ensure there are no issues.
Talk with your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist about whether wisdom tooth removal is right for you.