Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that teenagers and young adults will grow in the final stages of the body’s growth process. Because the majority of foods we eat are not tough like that of our ancestors, we don’t really need wisdom teeth in order to break down food for digestion.

Why are they called wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are aptly named as a nod to the period in which most people will experience the growth or appearance of wisdom teeth. This typically occurs at the end of adolescence, or the beginning of adulthood, and between the ages of 17 and 24. For others, wisdom teeth may not appear until their late 20s.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Removal of wisdom teeth depends on a variety of factors. If your wisdom teeth are growing outward or inward, it can damage your bite, crowd your other teeth, and cause severe pain when coming into contact with muscles and nerves. If your wisdom teeth have no room to emerge, they may become impacted, which can lead to severe facial pain.

You may be surprised to learn that many people have wisdom teeth that are growing outward or inward, are misaligned, or are impacted. This is the reason so many people will experience the process of wisdom teeth removal.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

The type of wisdom teeth removal patients experience varies, as many factors determine whether or not a person can have their wisdom teeth extracted or if surgery or sedation is needed. If your wisdom teeth can be extracted, local anesthesia can be used to numb the area. If you require sedation, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Dr. Moore and the Memphis Center for Cosmetic Dentistry can determine whether or not wisdom teeth removal or extraction is necessary for maintaining optimum oral health. Request a consultation today.

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