Why are Wisdom Teeth So Problematic?
Your smile was naturally designed to include 32 teeth. However, it can more comfortably fit 28. This is why the last teeth to erupt within the smile, known as the third molars or “wisdom teeth,” can become highly problematic for most patients. Because these teeth do not erupt through the gum line until the late teen or early adult years, they tend to become an issue. Dr. Rina M. Kotecha of Dentistry On 10 in Mississauga, Ontario, can educate you on wisdom teeth removal services and what leads to wisdom teeth becoming an issue in the first place.
Do I need my wisdom teeth?
These teeth, situated in the far back of the dental arches, were used when our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. Jaws were larger back then and more accommodating for all 32 adult teeth. These molars also helped in chewing the cooked meats that were part of a higher-protein diet. However, as we have developed, our jaws have become smaller, and these teeth are no longer necessary for most of us. Because they develop last, they often become stuck and can cause significant pain and discomfort.
What are the main reasons a dentist may suggest the removal of wisdom teeth?
There are several reasons why the team at Dentistry On 10 in Mississauga, Ontario, may suggest the removal of wisdom teeth in your smile. Some common instances include:
- Significant decay as they can become difficult to keep clean due to their position in the mouth
- Creating pressure on the surrounding teeth due to overcrowding
- Periodontal disease, which can spread throughout the mouth and cause a local infection
- Changes to orthodontic improvements, as they can create misalignment after it has been achieved
- The development of cysts around impacted wisdom teeth that can cause significant infection
- Preparing for prosthetics such as full dentures, which may require extractions
Schedule a consultation appointment with a wisdom teeth dentist “near me” to see if you need wisdom tooth removal!
The office can be reached by calling (905) 455-9262 and is open to new patients and families in and around the community.
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