Do I need my wisdom teeth removing?

Wisdom teeth are the culprit for many of young adults’ dental pain. When wisdom teeth start coming through the gum, much like babies teething, it can cause varying levels of discomfort. Some people don’t experience any pain, but others can suffer with severe discomfort and even infections. 

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are molars, positioned at the back of the mouth, on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are the final teeth to appear, usually around the age of twenty. They adopted their name, from the theory that people are ‘wiser’ when they reach adulthood, than they are in childhood when the rest of their teeth come through. 

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Scientists believe that we originally had wisdom teeth when our diets were much more coarse and abrasive on the teeth. This would wear the other molars down over time, and they needed a replacement. Now that our diet (and dental health care) is much better, we no longer need the replacement molars. 

As we have evolved, so have our teeth and some adults are no longer having wisdom teeth come through at all. Those that do, are sometimes encouraged by dentists to have them removed. This is because we don’t need them, and they can often cause more harm than good. 

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

When your wisdom teeth start to emerge, or even before, your dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to assess the position and state of your wisdom teeth. 

They will also look for reasons to take them out including:

  • Potential damage to other teeth
  • Jaw damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Inflamed or infected gums
  • Cavities
  • Alignment issues

How can we help?

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we will assess your wisdom teeth and let you know if we think they will need removing. We will only remove them if we feel your overall dental health is at risk. If you are in pain with them, or have any concerns, please let your dentist know. 

To book an appointment with us, please call us on 01978 757409