Shine a Light
on Wisdom Tooth Problems
You might’ve heard about wisdom teeth before, but are you aware of the issues these teeth can cause if they’re not addressed?
Wisdom teeth are the source of several oral health problems for children and adults, and they can often prevent our team from performing certain treatments if they aren’t removed as early as possible. At Elevate Dental, we can get to the root of several tooth, gum, and jaw problems by performing a wisdom tooth extraction.
But what are wisdom teeth? And how do you know you might need an extraction? Read on to learn more about these troublesome chompers, or book an appointment today to find out how we can help you!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
The average person grows 32 adult teeth as they age, but our wisdom teeth are the last 4 to grow in.
Some researchers believe that wisdom teeth were used to help us chew tougher foods, like raw meat, roots, and nuts. However, as we learned to cook and soften the foods we ate, we stopped needing wisdom teeth.
Today, wisdom teeth are usually a liability to our oral health. They often come in around the age of 15 to 25 years old, and they can cause numerous oral health problems. In most cases, we recommend removing wisdom teeth as early as possible.
How They Can Affect Your Oral Health
Wisdom teeth grow at the back of the mouth and they usually stay hidden under the gumline. However, they can still push up against your other teeth, causing them to shift and leading to several oral health problems.
If you don’t remove your wisdom teeth, you might risk developing:
- Red, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Jaw pain
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth
Other signs to remove your wisdom teeth include overcrowding, increased cavities, and partial eruptions.
One of the most common issues wisdom teeth may cause is overcrowding.
As your wisdom teeth grow in, they can push up against the back of your other teeth, causing them to squish together over time. As your teeth struggle to find space for each other, they can overlap, leading to problems with cleaning your teeth and how much you enjoy your smile.
Wisdom teeth can also affect how we can help straighten your teeth and your candidacy for clear aligners.
Cavities & Infections
In some cases, wisdom teeth may grow above your gum line, but only partially. When this happens, bacteria can accumulate around the partially erupted tooth, causing cavities and infections that may be harder to treat.
Book an Extraction Today
While some wisdom teeth can grow without causing these problems, it’s rare. In most cases, we recommend extracting all wisdom teeth as early as possible to help prevent these issues from developing.
Elevate Dental is conveniently located in the heart of Vernon, on 48th Avenue. We have free parking available in our private lot and street parking just a few steps away from our front doors.
If you’re having trouble finding us, please give us a call!
- 2900 48th Ave
- Vernon, BC V1T-8Z6
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- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday : 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
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