What Is a Wisdom Tooth?

What Is a Wisdom Tooth?

Your mouth changes a lot over time. The appearance of your third molars occurs between the ages of 17 and 21. These teeth are called wisdom teeth because they emerge later in life. Family Smiles Fort Lee is here to solve all your dental issues.

What Does a Wisdom Tooth Do?

Healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. However, wisdom teeth can cause issues if there is not enough room for them to emerge or if they emerge incorrectly. Wisdom teeth get impacted when they become trapped in the jaw or under the gums. If you have pain when your wisdom teeth emerge, see your dentist. 

  • Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that cannot fully emerge or develop normally. The wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to emerge from your mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth: two on top and two on the bottom.
  • During the eruption of your wisdom teeth, your dentist will look at your wisdom teeth because:
  • Incorrectly positioned wisdom teeth can trap food. Cavity-causing bacteria can grow there.
  • Incorrectly positioned wisdom teeth make it difficult to floss between them and the molars adjacent to them.
  • Partial wisdom teeth can allow bacteria to enter the gums and cause infection. This can cause jaw pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Wisdom teeth that cannot come through will crowd or damage neighboring teeth.
  • An impacted wisdom tooth can develop a cyst on or near it. This may cause root damage or bone loss in nearby teeth.

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal May Be Necessary

Every patient is different. But generally, wisdom teeth should be removed when the mouth shows symptoms such as:

  • Pain or Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors Damaged teeth
  • Mouth ailments
  • Tooth rot, if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth

Your dentist may also recommend wisdom tooth removal as part of braces or other dental care. Your dentist will first examine your mouth and take X-rays to decide the best treatment plan.

Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth?

Non-extracted wisdom teeth should be monitored because they may develop problems later. Aging increases the risk of health issues, including problems with wisdom teeth. Do not forget to floss and see your dentist regularly. Attending your oral health requires regular dental visits.

Family Smiles Fort Lee assists you in maintaining optimal oral hygiene. We guarantee the best care at 810 Abbott Blvd. Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. To make a reservation, please call (201) 224-2705.

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