Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last of your molars to arrive - typically around the ages of 18 to 25. These molars were essential to our early ancestors because they needed the strength of these teeth to chew their food, which consisted of raw meats, nuts, berries, leaves, and roots. However, these days we don't require the extra chewing force that wisdom teeth provided; in fact, our jaws have evolved and become smaller, so there's not usually enough room for third molars.
Here are a few of the reasons your dentist may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction in 70769.
#1: Wisdom Teeth Are Hard to Properly Brush and Floss
Because of their location behind your second molars at the very back of your mouth, it can be hard to reach wisdom teeth to keep them clean with daily brushing and flossing. Plaque or bacteria buildup on those molars can increase your risk of developing dental problems like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
#2: Wisdom Teeth May Crowd Neighboring Teeth
If you don't have enough space for your wisdom teeth to arrive at an appropriate angle, they may start to crowd your surrounding teeth, causing them to shift and ruin orthodontic treatment that gave you a straighter, more beautiful smile.
#3: Wisdom Teeth Could Remain Impacted
Some wisdom teeth don't come in at all. Instead, they remain stuck beneath your gum line (impacted). This might seem like it would solve the problem of having them removed, but impacted wisdom teeth cause even more significant issues and could result in an infection.
Contact Our Dental Office in Prairieville, LA
If you or your child need wisdom teeth extractions, your Prairieville, LA dentist, Dr. Daniel Palm can help! We have two convenient locations in Prairieville and Baton Rouge, LA where we provide comfortable and pain-free tooth extractions. Contact Palm Family Dentistry today for more information.