Some patients will notice mild to moderate discomfort when their wisdom teeth are coming in. After an examination and dental x-rays, some patients are pleasantly surprised when Dr. Newkirk explains that their wisdom teeth are coming in.
How Wisdom Teeth Got Their Name
Since wisdom teeth come in later in life when you are “wiser” they are known as wisdom teeth. There are varying opinions about why we have these “extra” teeth and the most common explanation from scientists is that the extra teeth were necessary but in today’s time they are not needed.
Why Wisdom Teeth Should Be Extracted
In most cases, your mouth has enough room to allow your wisdom teeth to come in without forcing your other teeth out of alignment. But when wisdom teeth do come in, sometimes they are hard to reach with brushing and flossing. This may put wisdom teeth at increased risk for tooth decay and bacterial infections that can lead to bad breath, gum disease and tooth rot.
The Process for Extracting Wisdom Teeth
The process of extracting wisdom teeth has become a very routine dental procedure. Depending on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted in the jaw bone or have broken through the skin, the procedures for removal can vary. If you believe your wisdom teeth might be coming in, we recommend that you call our office to make an appointment. During your appointment, Dr. Newkirk will perform a full examination and take x-rays. If your wisdom teeth are coming in, she will discuss the best treatment plan based on your unique case.
Vancouver Wisdom Teeth Extraction at Island Family Dental
If you have additional questions regarding the removal of your wisdom teeth, please submit your question using the contact box on our website or call our office at (360) 718-8861