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How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?

How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?

wisdom teeth ChicagoThe third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, can be problematic if they become impacted. When the wisdom teeth do not erupt or only erupt partially this can lead to several things; they can become decayed, cause pain and headaches, injure adjacent teeth, cause crowding within the dental arch, they can collect bacteria, thereby promoting infection that can ultimately lead to gum disease and adjacent tooth and bone loss.

Everybody is born with wisdom teeth in Chicago, which are the only teeth that actually begin calcifying and forming well after birth.  Rarely it is encountered where a patient in Chicago fails to develop one or more wisdom teeth because of our evolutionary history.  In fact, the third molars were invaluable to our early human ancestors, who had to chew and process a much rougher diet than we have today. However, over the countless centuries, our sources of nutrition have become more refined and our jaws have become smaller, leaving little, if any, room to accommodate those third molars. They’ve been rendered useless by evolution, and since they have no function in the modern mouth, there’s no beneficial reason for Chicago patients to hang on to their wisdom teeth.

Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most commonly performed and routine medical procedures, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons build up their skills by removing patients’ wisdom teeth nearly every day. In the hands of this highly experienced dual-degree Chicago wisdom tooth specialist, the procedure is safe, comfortable and there are minimal risks of any complications.  Patients can even take steps to reduce the likelihood of those complications.

If you are in your late teens or older and never had your wisdom teeth extracted, then they are still present even if they haven’t erupted. Even if you don’t have any pain or infection associated with the wisdom teeth, they may still be causing serious hidden problems. If you are uncertain as to the status of your wisdom teeth, have this Chicago oral surgeon take an x-ray of your upper and lower jaw to determine the development of the third molars and their presence.

Patients usually seek to have their wisdom teeth extracted before any issues arise, and this is the best practice – precautionary and preventative medicine. It’s important to have the immature wisdom teeth removed before age 25 when possible. The procedure is less complex then, because the wisdom teeth’s roots grow longer and more entrenched in the jaw bone as a person ages. Nonetheless, older patients who still have their wisdom teeth are equally encouraged to have them extracted for all of the same reasons and to avoid future complications.

To learn more about wisdom tooth removal and to schedule a consultation, please contact our experienced dual degree oral surgeons at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio today.

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