Good evening and welcome back to the Goehring Dental wisdom tooth blog! Today, Dr. Goehring would like to share with you why wisdom teeth are named as they are and why you should you should check with a dentist to know whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Wisdom teeth are known as third molars in the medical community. They have been known as “teeth of wisdom” since the 17th century and have become known as simply “wisdom teeth” since the 19th century. One theory as to why third molars are called wisdom teeth is because they tend to come in during a later age, as a person matures and becomes wiser. Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Recent science seems to confirm this explanation since it has been shown that the brain continues to develop until around the age of 25.
As much as the appearance of wisdom teeth may signal, well, wisdom, their appearance can also indicate several troublesome dental health problems, which include:
- Bacteria can build up around partially erupted teeth and this may increase the likelihood of infections. Impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean which also contributes to a higher probability of periodontal infection.
- If your wisdom teeth grow in sideways they can push your other teeth around and change their alignment.
- If your wisdom teeth do not have enough room to emerge and grow it may lead to the development of tumors and cysts around impacted wisdom teeth. Tumors and cysts can cause jawbone deterioration and tooth loss.
For these and other reasons it may be advisable to have your wisdom teeth extracted. While not everyone needs their wisdom teeth extracted, an estimated 85 percent of Americans do. If your wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow into, then they may be susceptible to the above-listed problems. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth may very well lead to future dental health problems, which may require more treatment and more of your time and money.
If you are unsure as to whether you have wisdom teeth or if you run a risk of impacted wisdom teeth, contact Goehring Dental in Austin, TX. We may take routine X-rays to track the progression and alignment of your wisdom teeth. There are also several warning signs that your wisdom teeth are impacted, such as:
- Inflamed gum tissue alongside and near the wisdom tooth
- Swelling or pain along the back of your mouth and near to your gums
- Gum line excretion of pus
- Sore lymph glands, which are small glands located under the jaw and elsewhere throughout your body
- Difficulty in opening your mouth, chewing, and swallowing
- Bad breath or a persistent bitter taste
- Cracked or decayed teeth, oral cysts and tumors, and periodontal infections may also suggest the presence of an impacted wisdom tooth
Wisdom Teeth Consultations at Goehring Dental in Austin, TX
Are you suffering from some of the warning signs for impacted wisdom teeth? Are your wisdom teeth coming in? Are you unsure as to whether you even have wisdom teeth!? If you live in, near, or around Austin, TX contact Goehring Dental to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation with Dr. Goehring today!