March 1, 2018
Growing up is usually a mixture of the good along with the bad! Getting a driver’s license, graduating from high school and moving out on your own all come with another rite of passage: having your wisdom teeth extracted. But what exactly are wisdom teeth and is it actually that important to have them removed?
As an oral surgeon who has performed countless extractions of wisdom teeth in Denver, we’ll review the answers to those questions and discuss some of the risks of not having them taken out. After reading this blog, you’ll have a better idea of how you’ll benefit in the long-term from this procedure!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are actually what are called “third molars.” The first molars come in about age six, followed by the second molars at around the age of 12.
The wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt, which typically happens about age 18. But remember – these are estimates, so it’s not uncommon to get them several years before or after 18!
Most people have four wisdom teeth, although some lucky people have less than that. In rare cases, someone might have 5-6!
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Taken Out?
What we often hear is, “My wisdom teeth aren’t bothering me – why do they need to be taken out?” In many ways, it’s a proactive and preventative step. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems now, the chances are good that they will down the road.
In addition, the healing and recovery process after the procedure is typically much easier for a teenager than it is for an older adult.
Here are some of the most common reasons to remove wisdom teeth in LoDo:
- Lack of space – Most people simply don’t have the room to accommodate wisdom teeth. At one time the human jaw was bigger in order to chew tough meat and fibrous foods. As time went on, most people’s jaws became significantly smaller.
- Hygiene – Even if the wisdom teeth manage to come in, they’re very difficult to access with a toothbrush and floss. Over time they accumulate plaque, tartar and bacteria that can cause cavities and severe gum problems.
- Impaction – Sometimes a wisdom tooth will only come in partially. This can result in a “flap” of gum tissue that creates a deep pocket. It’s impossible to keep this area clean, which can lead to pain, swelling and serious infection.
The best thing about having your wisdom teeth taken out is that it only has to be done once. Seeing an oral surgeon in Denver for one procedure that protects your oral health for decades to come is well worth it!
About the Author
Dr. Randolph Robinson and Dr. Brian Fangman are passionate about providing their community with the absolute best in oral surgery. With many years of experience providing a wide range of services, they’re always able to put their patients at ease and give them an outstanding final result. If you have any questions, they can be reached via their website or at (720) 328-4990.
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