Your wisdom teeth (also known as your third molars) are the
four teeth in the very back corners of your mouth. Humans used to use them to
chew coarse foods like vegetables and raw meat, but thanks to our modern diet
of cooked foods, we don’t really need our wisdom
teeth anymore. For this reason, many people elect to have theirs removed. What
is the best time to do this? A dentist in Scarborough has the answer.
When Do Wisdom Teeth Come In?
Your third molars typically erupt between the ages of 17 and
25. In fact, they earned the nickname “wisdom teeth” because they come in
around the time you reach adulthood, or when you are thought to become wise.
Many dentists advise on getting wisdom teeth taken out at an
early age, such as right after they have finished erupting. If you wait too
long, the teeth could become further embedded in the bone, making removal more
complicated and potentially dangerous.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Some people never need to have their third molars taken out
because they are completely healthy. If you are able to properly clean your
wisdom teeth, they don’t pose any risk of decay or infection to the surrounding
bone, gums, and teeth. However, many people simply can’t reach their wisdom
teeth to clean them, causing decay that could spread to adjacent teeth.
Another main reason why wisdom teeth are commonly removed is
because they become impacted. If a tooth is impacted, that means that it has
failed to break through the gum line, becoming trapped under the gums. This makes
it a prime spot for bacteria to accumulate and cause infection.
Lastly, wisdom teeth sometimes come in at an odd angle when
compared to the rest of your teeth. They can push against other teeth, resulting
in severe pain. In fact, pain like this is one of the most common reasons people
choose to have their wisdom teeth removed.
So When Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out?
The answer to this question is different for everyone. Ultimately,
it’s best to ask your dentist when your wisdom teeth need to come out. They are
the expert on your dental situation, after all. By taking x-rays, they can
determine whether your wisdom teeth will pose any problems for you and when they
should be removed.
About the Author
Dr. Samantha Amaro
is a dentist in Scarborough, ON who earned her dental degree from Tufts
University School of Dental Medicine. She is a member of the Ontario Dental
Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Toronto Academy of Dentistry,
and the Academy of General Dentistry. If your wisdom teeth are not impacted,
she can remove them herself. If they haven’t broken through the gumline, she
can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for the procedure. To learn more, you
can visit Dr. Amaro’s