For most people, wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in. They usually appear in the late teens and early twenties. At La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad, extracting them is a common procedure.
If your wisdom teeth aren’t giving you any problems, congratulations! You’re in a small minority. For most people they do become a problem, and require removal.
These teeth, typically the third molars we get, have been known as “wisdom teeth” for at least a few hundred years. They got their nickname, linguists generally agree, because they come in during early adulthood, at a time when we begin to attain some wisdom about life.
If the wisdom teeth do not have the room to develop and erupt normally, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth may never emerge from the bone and gum, emerge only partially, or come in sideways.
Impacted teeth can damage the adjacent molar, cause infection or trigger gum disease. Sometimes these problems cause no noticeable symptoms for a period of time. To prevent these serious complications, wisdom teeth are often removed.
Wisdom teeth symptoms include pain when opening mouth, gum swelling, bad breath, and pain when chewing. These indicators can be constant or intermittent.
To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, call us at La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad to schedule an exam. We also provide general and family dentistry, dental implants, and sedation dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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