Wisdom teeth are called the third molars. Molars develop in quadrants, upper, lower, left and right. The first group usually grows in a child's mouth around the age of six. Next are the second molars that appear around the age of 12. The wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually appear anywhere from 18 to 20 years of age.
They are actually called wisdom teeth because 18 to 20 is considered to be the age at which a person grows wiser, or gains more wisdom, hence the name, wisdom teeth.
Realistically speaking, the wisdom teeth are no different than any of the other teeth, but they are the last teeth to come through the gums into the mouth. If the individual's mouth is large enough to accommodate these teeth, and they grow in properly, they are just as useful as any of the other teeth.
When wisdom teeth cause problems
As mentioned earlier, if the shape of a person's mouth is too small for the wisdom teeth that are ready to come through the gums, or they do not align properly with the rest of the teeth, they may become impacted, or entrapped within the soft gum tissue or the jawbone. If there is pain, swelling, stiffness in the jaw and a general feeling of illness, this may be a clue that you may have an impacted wisdom tooth.
When you come to us with a complaint of pain from the back of your mouth or pain when opening your mouth, our dentists may need to take an x-ray of your teeth and mouth (OPG) for a definite diagnosis that your wisdom teeth are causing the problem.
Occasionally, if we suspect that the problem may be permanent you may advised to have your wisdom teeth extracted even before there is a problem, or pain. It's usually when we can perceive a potential future problem just a few years down the road. One common problem is that wisdom teeth may cause pressure on adjacent teeth when trying to erupt that may result in crowding and displacement of teeth.
This may be a serious problem if you just finished an orthodontic treatment. Removal of the wisdom teeth is much easier on young people when roots have not fully developed.
A person with partially erupted wisdom teeth has a prime location for bacteria and germs that may cause decay of the teeth or bone loss.
It's good to know that not all wisdom teeth cause problems, but when they do, or it is suspected that they will, it may be time to have the suspected tooth, or teeth, removed.
Here at Balaclava Dental Care we offer our patient's the comfort of removing wisdom teeth, even if they are partially or fully impacted, in the comfort of our practice. Please call us for an appointment.
Maintaining good oral health is important throughout your life from infancy through the senior years.
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss your teeth once a day
- Get regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning
- Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet
Once you establish proper dental hygiene habits, you should maintain them throughout your lifetime.
Smoking and all forms of tobacco are harmful to your oral health and bad for you in general, possible oral health impacts include:
- stained teeth and tongue
- bad breath
- dulled sense of taste and smell
- slow healing after a tooth extraction or oral surgery
- difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
- gum disease and tooth loss
- oral cancer
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems
A white smile is a great accessory for everyone.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.
(by College of Dentistry, university of Florida)