Your Wisdom Teeth – Could They Be Wise? Read On!

  • Posted on: Dec 30 2015
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Wisdom teeth are prone to be thought of negatively but there are many interesting things to know about wisdom teeth besides the fact that they are big teeth at the very back of your mouth which may be impacted, may be crowding your other teeth and are usually removed.

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  • Wisdom teeth are the only teeth that are not formed in the womb.
  • Thirty-five percent of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Whether our teeth have evolved or culture is responsible is up for debate. However, it seems we no longer need these teeth for survival.
  • Most people have four wisdom teeth, but having more (supernumerary teeth) or less (hypodontia) is possible.
  • Wisdom teeth are technically the third molars. They got their nickname from the age when they typically grow in. Third molars do not appear until the dental arch becomes larger, around the age of 17-25…a time also referred to as the “age of wisdom.” Parents of teenagers may beg to differ.
  • According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed. This can be because the teeth are impacted or because the area is difficult to reach and difficult to clean.
  • Wisdom teeth are commonly removed to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
  • Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to enter the mouth fully, it is called “impacted.” If left in the mouth, it may damage neighboring teeth, or become decayed due to the difficulty in reaching and cleaning that area of the mouth and gums.
  • The most common and serious consequence of impacted wisdom teeth is periodontal or gum disease, which can affect your general health and the health of your mouth.

At Wylie Dental Care, we want you to have a happy and healthy smile!
If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth or are contemplating orthodontic treatment, call to book a consultation with Dr. Wylie, today: (304) 845-2480.

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