Wisdom teeth don’t have much to do with actual wisdom. If they did, not as many people would want them pulled! They’re called wisdom teeth because for most people, they come in during the late teens or early twenties, that time of life when we are supposedly gaining our adult wisdom. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we’ve made wisdom teeth one of our specialties.
For some people, wisdom teeth are never a problem. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Wisdom teeth have a way of coming in crooked, which can crowd the gums and jaws, leading to pain, and even disease.
They are not really necessary, and most people have them pulled. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having wisdom teeth examined as soon as they come in – even before, through X-rays – to determine whether they should be extracted.
Since they’re way in the back of the jaw, wisdom teeth are the hardest teeth to reach when you brush and floss. Using a long and slender toothbrush can help. But they are still more vulnerable to decay than your other teeth.
Other problems are associated with wisdom teeth. If they don’t come in all the way, and remain covered by gum tissue, they can become impacted. Cysts may form beneath these impacted teeth, which can cause bone loss and pressure on the jaw’s nerves.
So, there are a lot of good reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. An extraction is a fairly routine procedure. The reason we recommend having wisdom teeth extracted no later than around the age of twenty is that there are fewer complications, because the roots are less developed.