Your friends have invited you to go tobogganing at Adams Park next weekend. You haven’t been in years, so this is one trip you don’t want to miss. However, everything comes to a screeching halt when you go to your schedule dentist appointment and learn it’s time to have those pesky wisdom teeth removed. You may be asking why if you’re feeling no pain. Surely it isn’t that necessary, right? If you’re debating whether or not you should have them removed, let a dentist in Scarborough explain exactly what they are and when it’s time to say goodbye to your third molars.
The Not-So-Wise Wisdom Teeth: What Are They?
Believe it or not, at one time, wisdom teeth served a valuable purpose. In early days, wisdom teeth helped people consume coarse diets consisting of high fiber foods. However, these foods led to damaged teeth and tooth loss. However, as humans have evolved and adopted a more refined diet, in addition to advanced dentistry services, wisdom teeth are no longer necessary for chewing and consuming food.
Also known as the “third molars,” these teeth often erupt when an adult is between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s often considered a rite of passage for many young adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, which is probably why so many parents make funny videos of their teenagers coming out of sedation from wisdom teeth surgery.
Say Sayonara: When Is It Time to Have Them Removed?
There are a few reasons why your dentist may suggest extracting your wisdom teeth. If they have become impacted and are trapped beneath the gum line, tooth decay can set in and cause damage to other teeth. Even if you are not experiencing any pain or discomfort, it may be necessary to have them removed if any of these problems occur:
- Lack of room: If your molars are causing other teeth to move around, it could lead to discomfort and damage to your other teeth.
- Sinus problems: When these choppers become a problem, it can lead to sinus pressure and congestion.
- Cavities: When pockets begin to form around the gum line, it can cause them to swell, making it difficult to clean. This also allows for bacteria to grow and result in cavities.
- Alignment: Wisdom teeth that become impacted may lead to necessary teeth straightening treatment.
As you age, the process of extracting wisdom teeth can become more painful, as the teeth have begun to fuse to the gum and bone tissue, so don’t wait!
If you feel it is time to say goodbye to your third molars, talk to your dentist in Scarborough about recommendations for extraction. And don’t worry, there’s always next year for that toboggan trip!
About the Practice
The team at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are highly trained professionals who can examine wisdom teeth as they develop, as well as provide personalized recommendations and treatment. For questions about wisdom teeth removal, contact us via the website or call (416) 285-4545.