Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wisdom Behind the Wisdom Teeth

So what is the truth behind wisdom teeth?  We get this question asked quite often, but surprisingly most patients don't understand much about wisdom teeth.

Did you know that your wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25?  They begin forming around your 10th birthday but we usually don't see eruption until your late teens or early 20s. 

Some of our patients never have their wisdom teeth come in, however for those that do, the number of wisdom teeth can range from one to four that actually erupt to the surface, or show signs of eruption but are stuck or impacted in the gum line. If left untreated it can lead to all kinds of problems. The most typical problems we see are tooth crowding, or movement or displacement of your permanent teeth.  Occasionally a cyst or infection can build around wisdom teeth in the soft gum tissue which can lead to the destruction of your bone resulting in permanent tooth loss.

If you stay up on your semi-annual exams, Dr. Clark will watch the progress of your wisdom teeth and will be able to warn you of potential issues long before damage occurs.  Treatment options vary for each patient so don't hesitate to ask about Dr. Clark's suggested treatment for you or for your child.

Do not delay in planning your best oral health care treatment plan.  This saves you time and money in the long run.

Call us today to schedule your appointment.  
(541) 451-1440

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