In some respects, growing your wisdom teeth—your third and final set of molars—is a rite of passage. As they typically erupt between the ages of 17-25 (once known as the age of wisdom), they often accompany the transition from adolescence into young adulthood. Unfortunately, that rite is often followed by increasing discomfort, and sometimes, increasingly worse dental damage due to limited room on your already-full dental ridges. Known as impacted wisdom teeth, the obstructed molars often require extraction to stop the damage and alleviate the discomfort.
Third Molar Problems
With the addition of four wisdom teeth, a typical adult mouth grows 32 permanent teeth. The first 28 usually take up most of the room on your dental ridges, which have shrunk over the centuries compared to those of our ancestors. By the time your wisdom teeth grow, there may be little or no room left at the end of your jawbone to accommodate them. As they attempt to erupt from the gum line, the molars can push against the molars already there, forcing them out of alignment and potentially cracking or fracturing them.
When the Only Solution is Extraction
Not everyone develops problems with their wisdom teeth. In fact, some patients do not develop a third set of molars at all, leading experts to believe that the extra teeth are a largely unnecessary remnant from our ancestors. However, if you do develop wisdom teeth and they become impacted against your other molars, then extracting them is the only way preserve the rest of your healthy teeth. For particularly complex wisdom tooth impaction, such as if the tooth has not exited the jawbone, we may refer you to a trusted oral surgeon.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.