Glendale Dentist Answers Your Questions About Wisdom Teeth And Wisdom Tooth Removal

Written by Dr. McKay on Mar 7, 2017

Wisdom teeth are the last of the patient’s teeth to emerge, and, unfortunately, they can lead to a host of inconveniences and oral health problems. Our Glendale dentists provide prompt and effective wisdom tooth removal to keep your smile healthy. If you want to learn more about wisdom tooth extraction, keep reading the Q & A below!

Q: When do wisdom teeth emerge?
A: Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in—usually when the patient is in his or her early twenties. When your wisdom teeth do start to emerge, you should start talking to your dentist about what, if anything, you should do to deal with them.

Q: How many wisdom teeth do people have?

A: Most people have four wisdom teeth: upper left jaw, upper right jaw, lower left jaw, lower right jaw. However, some people do not have the full complement of wisdom teeth; your dentist will be able to tell you how many you have after they take x-rays.

Q: How do I know if my wisdom teeth are causing problems?

A: In order to figure out, for sure, whether your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, you should consult with a dentist for advice. However, there are some issues that may indicate that your wisdom teeth are problematic: soreness/pain in the back of your smile, shifting dental alignment, and persistent bad breath.

Q: What is it like to live without wisdom teeth?
A: Because your wisdom teeth are not functional, having them removed will not really change your day to day routine at all. Wisdom tooth removal is really designed to help you avoid oral health issues that are often caused by third molars: shifting dental alignment, chronic bad breath, frequent dental infections, chronic gum disease.

Our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about wisdom tooth extraction—just give us a call to get started!