3 Things to Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

If you are suddenly feeling some dull pain and pushing in your mouth, the problem may be your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted, which means they cannot fully break though, due to lack of room in the jaw or their angle of entry. If you’re a little confused about what exactly these teeth are and what to do about them, you certainly aren’t alone. The top three things you need to know about wisdom teeth are:

#1 You don’t really need them. Technically, you don’t actually need these teeth at all. While other teeth have very specific purposes based on their shape and place in your mouth, these are what is known as “vestigial.” This means they helped our distant ancestors grind plant tissue more effectively, but modern humans have outgrown them. In fact, they’re more likely to cause problems than help so most people have them removed altogether.

#2 They don’t need to come in to cause an issue. In fact, one of the most common complications from wisdom teeth is when they don’t come in! Wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they never completely erupt through the gums. This can cause inflammation, as well as dangerous infection. They can also damage other nearby teeth and hurt a lot.

#3 They can cause numerous health problems. This isn’t just about your teeth alignment or some pain in the back of your mouth. Other teeth aren’t the only things that could be damaged by impacted wisdom teeth! Cysts can form around them, and without extraction, these cysts can damage the nerves in your jaw. They can also cause sinus pain, pressure, and congestion. Yikes!

If you want to learn more about your wisdom teeth, including asking any questions relating to having them removed, please reach out to the team at Complete Dental. We are Houston’s top dental office for this kind of procedure, so you’re in good hands when you choose us. Please call us at (281) 449-1053 to schedule your first appointment.

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