Royal York – Eglinton Dental understands the different ways wisdom teeth can develop and the problems that can arise. We can help you better able to understand why you may need to have them removed.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come out and the ones least needed for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are called such because they developed when most individuals became adults which is near 17 years of age.
Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors, our wisdom teeth may not have enough room to fit in our mouths properly. Therefore, problems may result if these additional teeth attempt to emerge.
Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth, and often they are impacted trapped in the jaw-bone and gums. Cramped for room, these impacted teeth grow in many different directions and removal may be recommended by your dentist to prevent potential problems.