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What About Wisdom Teeth?

(Last Updated On: March 28, 2014)

WE OFTEN hear questions about wisdom teeth. Here are a few quick answers.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Removed?

Sometimes referred to as the “third set of molars”, anthropologists suspect that ancient people used wisdom teeth to chew their very tough foods (roots, meats, nuts, etc.). Some conclude that as people’s diets and eating methods modernized, wisdom teeth became less necessary. Over time, the human jaw became smaller, leaving less room for wisdom teeth.

So today, when wisdom teeth come in, they often come in sideways or only partially emerge, get trapped inside the gums, or come up beneath other teeth. All of these issues can lead to pain, damage, and costly repair to your other teeth. That’s why it’s important to have them periodically examined and, if necessary, removed.

When Should They Be Removed?

To avoid complications, sometimes it’s best to have wisdom teeth removed when you’re a young adult. This can lower the risk of complications and shorten healing time. Some say the best time to remove them is when the roots of the wisdom teeth are two-thirds formed.

What’s The Treatment Like?

Because everyone’s wisdom teeth grow differently, the removal process can vary. We’ll tailor our treatment to your specific situation. On the day of your procedure, we’ll determine the appropriate anaesthetic and then, once applied, remove your wisdom teeth. The extraction does not take long and neither should your recovery if you follow the care techniques we share with you.

Your care and comfort is our priority. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or would like to set up an appointment to discuss your options, please contact us.

Thank you for letting us help you with your oral health. We appreciate having you as our patient.