Wisdom teeth get their name because they are the third (and last) molars to erupt during your late teens to early twenties. Since wisdom teeth can be seen on x-rays around age 12, our dentist will be able to track their progress and trajectory before they cause problems.
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Questions For Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Dentist
Is it necessary to have wisdom teeth removed?
Not every patient needs. However, our wisdom teeth removal dentist may recommend the procedure if he sees your wisdom teeth are coming in at an angle or if there simply isn’t enough room in your jaw to accommodate the extra teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth removal can help prevent complications to oral health. For example, removing impacted wisdom teeth before they erupt can help prevent crowding.
Why do we have wisdom teeth if they have to be removed?
Many scientists believe that our distant ancestors needed wisdom teeth to chew roots, raw meat, and tough plants. Likewise, our ancestors would have had larger jaws to accommodate the extra teeth.
While our diets and jaws have changed much since then, our genes still produce wisdom teeth that often don’t have enough room to erupt through the gums.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?
Each patient’s recovery time from wisdom tooth extraction is different based on whether the teeth were fully erupted or still beneath the gums. In general, you can resume your normal daily activities the day after wisdom tooth extraction.
Recovery time from wisdom teeth removal may take longer if the wound becomes infected or if there are other complications.
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