Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Despite their name, wisdom teeth, or third molars, have nothing to do with how clever you are. Instead, their name is in reference to the age that they usually appear in your mouth – adulthood!
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to arrive. Most people will cut four wisdom teeth, although it is not uncommon to have none at all.
If you believe to be in the latter group, there’s no cause for concern! Wisdom teeth are actually one of the most commonly missing sets of teeth.
Why You May Need to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth can become pesky when you have a lack of space in your mouth, which is entirely normal. With 28 teeth already, sometimes our jaws are simply too small for an extra four teeth to squeeze in! In this case, the wisdom teeth will often be removed to preserve your already existing teeth.
If your wisdom teeth emerge at a funny angle, they could become stuck. Sometimes, they partially emerge, with the gum still covering the tooth or teeth, which can lead the area to become swollen and sore.
Other reasons that may contribute to needing to remove your wisdom teeth include:
- Signs of infection
- Bone loss around the roots of the teeth
- Causing damage to other teeth nearby
Wisdom teeth alone are not a cause for concern. You will only need to consider seeking treatment if they begin to cause you discomfort. Often, niggling issues can be dealt with by using special mouthwashes or maintaining a regular professional cleaning regime.
Wisdom Teeth and Smile Corrective Treatments
Although removal is the most common course of action with any problematic wisdom teeth, treatment is unique to each patient. If you are worried about your wisdom teeth, Esthetique Dental urge you to make an appointment with us as soon you can.
A full consultation with one of our expert dental care team will allow us to decide whether removal is necessary and find you the best treatment for your problem.
At Esthetique Dental, our priority is not only your oral health but your satisfaction and happiness. Whatever the decision, removal or not, it is important to remember that smile corrective treatment can be carried out at any time for both a happy and healthy smile.
As with any oral health problems, it’s important to book an appointment as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your regular dental check-up. The sooner one of our team can see you and get started on finding a solution, the better you will feel.
Whatever your needs, Esthetique Dental can devise a personalised treatment plan for you. Click here to find out more.