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  • Bona Dental Team

Signs It's Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth.

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew, but if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position, they can lead to problems. Here are some signs that it's time to remove your wisdom teeth.

1) If there isn’t enough space for them to surface.

Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through are thought by some to crowd or damage neighboring teeth, and wisdom teeth that have partially come through can give bacteria a place to enter the gums and create a place for infection to occur. This may also lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your jaw. 

2) If they come through in the wrong position. 

Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can allow food to become trapped. That gives cavity-causing bacteria a place to grow.

3) If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted. 

If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted, he or she means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums. A wisdom tooth that is impacted can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth.

If you choose to not remove your wisdom teeth, they should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As people age, they are at greater risk for health problems—and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth.

Be sure to, floss around your wisdom teeth and visit your dentist regularly to evaluate your wisdom teeth and your overall dental health. 

Until next time! ~ the team at Bona Dental Clinic

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