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Wisdom Teeth – A Common Misnomer

April 6, 2017
Posted By: Lakewood Dental Trails

The word “wisdom” used to describe wisdom teeth is a common misnomer. First of all, wisdom teeth do not make you wise. They have no bearing on the fact that you have vast amounts of knowledge or experience in a variety of subject matters. Secondly, wisdom teeth seem to be some of the most misunderstood and confusing teeth in a mouth. Confusion and misunderstanding do not lead to wisdom in any way. But, for whatever reason, wisdom teeth were denoted their name.

Possibly, a better name for wisdom teeth is “third molars,” as they are sometimes called. They are typically the last teeth to grow in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause serious damage to your mouth. It can damage neighboring teeth and also become infected. Your wisdom teeth can also invite bacteria into your mouth that can cause gum disease.

You may be considering when to have your child’s wisdom teeth removed. If you are, here are some helpful tips:

  • It is easier to remove wisdom teeth when your child is younger since their roots are not completely formed.
  • It’s important to consider that cleaning the area around wisdom teeth is very difficult. Because of this, bacteria that grow back there and can cause gum disease.
  • You should consult with your dentist to see when the time is right for your child’s removal of their wisdom teeth. They will carefully examine their mouth, perform a radiographic examination and determine the need and timing for wisdom teeth removal.

Book your appointment with Dr. Leung at Lakewood Dental Trails to see if the time is right for your child to have his or her wisdom teeth removed.

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