Do you have any questions about wisdom teeth? Many people have questions about these extra molars that arrive just as a person enters adulthood. They can oftentimes be harmful to your smile’s health and lead to serious discomfort. Fortunately, we can comfortably and safely remove them to improve your smile’s health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth
Question: Why do we have them?
Answer: At one point, humans needed the additional molars to consume roots, plants, and other tough foods. However, over time our mouths evolved and we no longer needed these teeth. However, for many people they still erupt and cause oral health problems.
Question: What happens when they erupt?
Answer: Our mouths are meant to comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. However, the 4 additional molars lead to 32 teeth. As a result, misalignment can develop. In addition, the molars may only partially erupt, leading to discomfort, damaged teeth, and even infection.
Question: Can they be removed?
Answer: Yes. We can examine your smile and see if you have third molars that require removal. We can then administer a local anesthetic and carefully remove the teeth before they erupt. You can then avoid impaction and other complications. If you feel nervous about the procedure we can also administer sedation, helping you remain calm and relaxed during the procedure.
Question: Will I need to replace them?
Answer: No. If you were to lose a tooth due to damage or an infection then yes, we would discuss replacement options, such as dental implants. However, your third molars will not require replacement. If you have any questions about removing wisdom teeth or about tooth replacement, then please contact our office today. We can use oral surgery to help you continue to enjoy a health smile.