The third and final set of adult molars, wisdom teeth begin to emerge long after all of the other permanent teeth. Most people's wisdom teeth erupt when they are between the ages of 17 and 21, though some get them sooner and others get them later. Having dental x-rays done at an Edmonton dental clinic such as the Azarko Dental Centre is the most effective way of finding out when wisdom teeth will come in.
But why do humans even have wisdom teeth and why do they so often require extraction? Well, the human diet did not always look like it did today. Back when we ate a variety of tough foods such as wild meats, leaves, roots, and nuts, a bigger jaw and a third set of molars would have been useful.
In the ensuing time, however, evolution has opted for a smaller jaw. Our smaller jaws now often have a difficult time accommodating the large and powerful wisdom teeth that we no longer need. This lack of space can cause many issues when wisdom teeth start trying to erupt. Some wisdom teeth become impacted in the gums because they simply can't erupt at all. Others do manage to emerge but often come in at odd angles, pushing against adjoining molars.
Wisdom teeth which can't erupt or which do erupt in an area that is too small can cause a number of issues. There can be damage to the jaw, damage to other teeth, gum inflammation, sinus problems, and even a greater chance for developing cavities due to swollen gums.
Wisdom teeth that emerge successfully and with enough space to accommodate them can nevertheless still cause problems. Their position at the back of the mouth makes them difficult to brush and floss and therefore more prone to developing dental problems. Some people need to get their wisdom teeth extracted after they've grown in anyway due to cavities and tooth decay.
Some signs that your wisdom teeth may require extraction include red and swollen gums, jaw pain, jaw stiffness, and sinus issues which you never had before. Keep in mind, however, that you may experience none of these symptoms while your wisdom teeth are erupting but still encounter severe problems later on. It is advisable to have your wisdom teeth examined and, if need be, removed by a dentist in Edmonton as early as possible.
If your wisdom teeth have been causing you problems, or if you want to catch any potential issues before they even start, then come visit the Azarko Dental Group. At our two dental clinics in Edmonton we perform pain-free wisdom tooth extractions after carefully determining that it is better for the tooth to be removed.
Don't hesitate to contact one of our two locations and schedule an appointment to have your wisdom teeth examined by one of our experienced Edmonton dentists.
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