WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS IN HOUSTON, TX
WHY WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth got their name because of when they emerge. Most of your permanent teeth have erupted by the time you are 12 or 13 years old. Your third molars generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 21, when you are presumed to be wiser than you were when your second molars came in. Today, many people consider wisdom teeth to be a vestigial part of our bodies, like our appendix or our tonsils. Once upon a time, these part served a purpose in human development, but today you generally only hear about them when they are causing a problem and need to be removed.In the case of our wisdom teeth, our ancestors ate a much rougher diet than we do today. Our molars, the bigger and flatter teeth in the back of our mouths, are used to grind and chew food. Wisdom teeth provided another surface to grind their food, which meant less wear and tear on each individual tooth. Our modern diets include a lot of softer foods, which means they are much easier to break down. As a result, we don’t need our wisdom teeth like earlier humans once did.
Some people are lucky. They have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth, and those teeth come in cleanly without any issues. For the rest of us, wisdom teeth cause problems. If you do not have enough space for your wisdom teeth, then they may become impacted. Wisdom teeth that are completely impacted may never break the surface of your gums, but they can still create trouble below the surface. These teeth may grow sideways instead, pushing into your other teeth. This can cause your existing teeth to press into one another and to get pushed out of alignment. In some cases, an impacted tooth may grow toward a nerve in your jaw instead. This can become truly painful. Some people don’t experience any pain initially because of an impacted wisdom tooth. The tooth may create a pocket inside your gums, which is the perfect place for bacteria to build plaque and tartar. This may cause gum disease or an infection that could damage your jawbone. As the name implies, partially impacted teeth erupt part of the way. They can cause similar problems to completely impacted teeth. They can push your other teeth into one another, cause misalignments, create pain, and allow gum disease to develop.