Having a wisdom tooth extracted is common practice for several people in their late teens and early twenties. Regardless of how frequent this procedure takes place, it is not actually necessary for everyone. The need for wisdom tooth removal depends on various factors unique to your oral health. Affinity Dental is here to share indicators with you that may signal it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are third molars. In normal cases, three permanent molars develop in each quadrant of the mouth: upper, lower, right and left. The first molars begin to develop when children are about 6-years-old. The second molars come in around 12-years-old. The third molars tend to grow in fully between the ages of 18 and 20 years, which is considered to be a coming-of-age time in a young person’s life. Because of this, third molars coined the nickname “wisdom teeth.” While they won’t actually make you wiser, they are just as useful as any other tooth if they grow in property and are surrounded by healthy gum tissue. Unfortunately, this does not happen in most cases.
Overcrowding and Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The human mouth allows enough space for exactly 28 teeth, the same number of teeth you have as a child. When wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they increase the number of teeth in your mouth to 32. This can cause overcrowding that results in impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth fail to erupt from the gums and can cause extreme pain. Additionally, this can cause people with otherwise straight teeth to experience shifting that results in a crooked smile. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they need to be removed.
Chronic Oral Pain
Any time you are experiencing oral pain, it is a cause for concern. If you are experiencing chronic oral pain, specifically near the rear gumline, your wisdom tooth could be infected. This often happens when wisdom teeth partially erupt. Bacteria and food particles can slip into the areas and cause a painful infection called pericoronitis. Wisdom teeth removal and disinfection is necessary as soon as possible.
For Wisdom Teeth Removal, Choose Affinity Dental
Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? We can help! Call Affinity Dental today. Our team of experienced and professional dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make teeth whitening and oral surgery quick and painless.
Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.
Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!