With all the problems that seem to be caused by wisdom teeth, you might be wondering why we even have them. Your Elk Grove Village dentist Dr. Vishal Advani wants you to know this about wisdom teeth removal.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth generally don’t make an appearance until the teen years. This extra set of molars in the very back of the mouth sometimes erupt (push through the gums), or they can become impacted (stay below the gums). Not everyone gets them, but those who do often get four—two on the top and two on the bottom.
The reason we have them is that thousands of years ago, our ancestors needed this extra set of molars to chew a coarse diet. We don’t need them to eat those types of foods anymore, but they still come in for many people.
The main problem is that over the centuries, our jaws have gotten smaller, and the appearance of wisdom teeth often means they can crowd our existing teeth because there isn’t room for them. Cleaning them is also difficult because they are so far back in the mouth.
Should Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
If they fully erupt, are not compromising your other teeth, and are not painful, then you don’t have to worry about them. But often, they cause problems for people and extraction is the best solution.
- They hurt. Any kind of dental pain is never normal and does not bode well for the area in pain. If your wisdom teeth sites hurt, this could mean they are infected or decayed.
- The surrounding gums are inflamed. If gums are tender, you probably won’t be able to clean the area thoroughly. You are at risk of infection, which can spread to your healthy teeth.
- They are coming in but haven’t erupted because there is no room for them. Cysts and tumors can develop around this area.
Please Call Our Office to Learn More
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, you might need to have these third molars removed. Talk to your Elk Grove Village dentist Dr. Advani about wisdom teeth removal. Give us a call today!