Have you ever thought about wisdom teeth and why we get them?
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, are the teeth that are farthest back in your mouth. Everyone is different, and some people never get wisdom teeth, but there are usually two on top and two on the bottom.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
When our ancestors were foraging around for food, their diet consisted of hard nuts, leaves, roots, and meat that required a lot of chewing power. Your wisdom teeth are a holdover from this time, so considering our diets are primarily made up of processed foods, they no longer serve any practical purpose.
Why Extract Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems. In some cases, they only erupt partially, or they may become impacted and not erupt at all. Since wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, cleaning them adequately is also a challenge.
Everyone has unique needs, but in general, here are three signs that a wisdom tooth extraction may be in your future:
- Your wisdom teeth hurt – If you feel discomfort around your wisdom teeth, it may be a sign that you have a cavity or an infection is developing.
- The gums around your wisdom teeth are inflamed – It’s common for the gums around your wisdom teeth to become inflamed and tender, which can make oral hygiene difficult and painful. In turn, this leads to gum disease and other dental conditions such as cavities.
- There’s a cavity on one of your wisdom teeth – If a cavity goes untreated, it will eventually lead to pain and infection.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Denver
If you notice any of the above symptoms or you would like more information about wisdom teeth extractions, please call our Stapleton, CO dental office. We will be happy to evaluate your needs and make appropriate recommendations for dealing with your wisdom teeth.