Wisdom Teeth 101 – Your Guide to Those Third Molars

Wisdom teeth, those mysterious third molars erupting in your late teens or early twenties, can be a source of curiosity and even concern. Here at Lans Family Dentistry, we understand you might have questions. Let us dive into the world of wisdom teeth, providing you with the knowledge you need to navigate what they are and their arrival.

What exactly are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of adult teeth to erupt. Our ancestors likely needed them for a tougher diet of raw and unprocessed foods. However, with our modern, softer diet, our jaws have evolved to be smaller, sometimes leaving little room for these latecomers.wisdom_teeth

Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. Ideally, wisdom teeth erupt fully, remain healthy, and align properly with the other teeth. However, this isn’t always the case. Here are some reasons why wisdom teeth removal might be recommended:

Impaction: This occurs when there’s not enough space for the wisdom tooth to erupt fully, causing it to grow in sideways or remain trapped under the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth.
Crowding: Wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, causing misalignment and crowding.
Infection: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can trap food particles, leading to gum inflammation and infection.
Damage to nerves or other teeth: In some cases, wisdom teeth can press on nerves or damage nearby teeth.

Signs you might need wisdom teeth removal:

Here are some signs that might indicate a wisdom tooth issue:
Pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth
Swollen gums or jaw
Difficulty chewing or opening your mouth.
Redness or bad breath

The wisdom teeth removal process:

If your dentist recommends wisdom teeth removal, there’s no need to worry. It’s a routine procedure often performed in a dental office with local anesthesia or sedation. Recovery typically involves a few days of discomfort, but following your dentist’s post-operative instructions will ensure a smooth healing process.

Your wisdom teeth journey at Lans Family Dentistry
At Lans Family Dentistry, we prioritize your comfort and oral health. We’ll conduct a thorough examination and x-rays to assess your wisdom teeth and discuss all available treatment options. Whether you need wisdom teeth removal or not, we’ll provide you with the information and personalized care you deserve. Contact Lans Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and discuss your individual situation.  We’re here to guide you through the journey with expertise and compassion.


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