Once you’ve made it through your teen years you might believe you’ve had all the teeth come in you’re ever going to get. For over half of all people this isn’t actually the case as wisdom teeth can come as late as your early adult years. Understanding when and how your wisdom teeth can come in will help you able to watch for the signs, and know when it’s time to get in and talk to your dentist. Below we’ve put together a list of some of the most commonly asked questions about wisdom teeth.

Are Wisdom Teeth Common For Everyone?

Only about 50% of all people will get wisdom teeth during their life, though those who have them are considered to have a ‘full set of teeth’. Wisdom teeth are the teeth that are most likely to be missing as a result of genetics, however.

What Will Tell Me I Have Problem With My Wisdom Teeth?

One of the first indicators that there is something going wrong with your wisdom teeth would be a growing discomfort in your jaw. Often this begins with a sense of pressure, swollen gums, and soreness in the area that grows slowly to become serious pain. However, it’s entirely possible for the wisdom tooth to be causing problems without actually causing you pain before it starts to cause damage. This is why it’s essential that you regularly visit your dentist for check-ups.

Is It Always Necessary To Have Them Removed?

Some patients actually have room in their mouths to hold these newly arrived third molars, but for those who don’t impaction is a large concern. No amount of oral hygiene is going to prevent impacted teeth from wearing at bone, damaging teeth, and otherwise causing problems in your mouth. Wisdom teeth that arrive properly can still cause problems simply due to the difficulty involved with cleaning teeth set so far back in the mouth.

What Happens With Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impaction is one of the most common problems that occurs with wisdom teeth. Impaction occurs when these teeth are partially or totally buried in the jaw or soft tissue of the gums. Impacted teeth are more prone to a variety of problems, including disease, decay, and infection, in part due to the difficulty of cleaning them. Less commonly tumors and cysts can form in the vicinity of impacted teeth.

Having your wisdom teeth come in can be a harrowing experience, especially if everything else with your dental health seems to be going along well. If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth or are wondering if you have them coming in, contact your dentist. A phone call to Dr. John Batlle at Southwest Family Dentistry will set you up with an appointment to do a general oral hygiene check-up that will ensure that all is well. The community in Lake City FL has been working with Southwest Family Dentistry for years and would be proud to be your family’s dental service provider.