Wisdom teeth are essentially vestigial teeth from a time in human evolution when our ancient ancestors consumed a lot of roots and other tough foods. Most people have four wisdom teeth that emerge from the gums in late adolescence. Since they are no longer a part of our natural oral function, wisdom teeth can be prone to several problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth come in sideways or they remain buried in the gums, putting undue pressure on your healthy molars. In a situation like this, the wisdom teeth need to be removed to alleviate discomfort and preserve the molars.
Wisdom teeth that emerge from the gums are still subject to plaque and tartar buildup. Because of their location, they are often hard to clean. This makes them more prone to tooth decay and even gum disease.
Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t giving you problems, you may want to have them removed. As you age, your wisdom teeth can become partially fused to the jawbone. If you choose not to have them extracted later in life, you may experience a much longer recovery time.
If you would like advice or a consultation about a possible extraction procedure, feel free to call us at 484.369.8625 to schedule an appointment.