When our baby teeth fall out, our adult teeth take their place. These are the teeth we will likely spend the rest of our lives with, granted they are taken care of properly and do not suffer from a physical accident. A few years after these, our wisdom teeth come in. They are called ‘wisdom’ teeth because they emerge around the age when a person is considered grown up, or wise. Sometimes these teeth cause problems, and sometimes they do not. Here is a look at when removing them is necessary.
For many people, these third molars do not have enough room to come through. Sometimes the wisdom teeth come in crooked, or even horizontally. These circumstances can cause pain and crowding, which can lead to more dental issues. Other times, the teeth are not able to emerge through the gums. These teeth then become impacted within the jaw, which can also lead to serious pain. Wisdom teeth that are only able to partially emerge create a passageway that, due to it not being easily accessible, can draw in bacteria, which leads to gum disease and oral infections.
A dentist in Los Angeles may decide your wisdom teeth do not need to be removed if they are:
• Completely healthy
• Positioned correctly
• Fit correctly with their opposite counterparts (the ones on the top jaw bite well with the ones on the lower)
• Grown in completely
• Able to be cleaned just as easily as your other teeth
If you are unsure of your wisdom teeth should be removed, it is best to refer to an expert in wisdom teeth removal in Los Angeles.