Every year there are more than 10 million wisdom teeth removed out of mouths across the country. Wisdom tooth extraction is very common and there is a good reason why. You aren’t required or mandated to remove your wisdom teeth, should you have them, but when they come in it is generally a good idea to get rid of them once they emerge. Wisdom teeth can cause many painful oral health complications including:
People who have wisdom teeth can have anywhere from one to four waiting to burst through the gums. Typically, wisdom teeth will start working their way up as early as age 17 through 21 years of age. As the third set of molars, there are several situations where these teeth come in and cause oral health problems or are unable to break through the gums and become impacted.
If you are an older teen or a younger adult and you aren’t able to see your wisdom teeth that don’t necessarily mean you don’t have them. You can see your San Marcos family dentist have an X-ray was done which will detect whether or not you have wisdom teeth. Potentially, the reason you aren’t seeing your wisdom teeth is that they have become impacted. If this is the case, the X-ray will show the condition.
If the X-ray shows that you don’t have wisdom teeth, this isn’t an indicator of a problem. Many people don’t have wisdom teeth for a variety of reasons. As many as 37% of people are missing their third molars. Genetics, nutrition, or the environment can all play a role in why a person doesn’t have wisdom teeth.
You can learn more about if you have wisdom teeth or if you should have your wisdom teeth removed during a free consultation with Dr. McBride, a San Deigo wisdom tooth removal dentist by calling (760) 471-1003. McBride Dental is committed to keeping your smile as healthy as possible.