What’s the Purpose of My Wisdom Teeth?

Model of a mouth showing wisdom teeth growing in at bad angles.
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Did you know that the adult mouth has 32 teeth? Around the age of 13, all teeth besides the wisdom teeth are likely to have erupted. Wisdom teeth mark a dental milestone. Typically, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. They are wide and tough to help grind food but do not serve that much more purpose.

History of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars. In the past, they were essential in helping humans consume the early diet of roots, leaves, meat, and nuts. Due to their large size compared to other teeth, wisdom teeth easily tear and crush through food. However, due to advancements in diet and ways of eating, we now cook food to soften it and cut it with utensils. This gives wisdom teeth less purpose.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When wisdom teeth come in correctly, they can help you chew. Unfortunately, when wisdom teeth are impacted or emerge in the wrong position, they can cause problems. Wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment. They can cause abscesses and dental pain.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Every patient will have a different experience with their wisdom teeth. However, if wisdom teeth extraction is necessary to ensure good oral health, Dr. Tran will suggest oral surgery. A local anesthetic will ensure that you have a comfortable experience. Our team will provide instructions on how to care for yourself after your wisdom teeth are removed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Cypress, TX

When you visit Dr. Tran and our team at Alder Trails Dental, we’ll carefully monitor your wisdom teeth. If wisdom teeth removal is in the best interest of your oral health, we offer in-office wisdom teeth extraction. The procedure is very common since so few people actually have room for all four of their wisdom teeth. Schedule your wisdom teeth consultation today!


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