Around the age of 17 or 25, you might get shocked when your dentist announces that you have wisdom teeth coming out. However, not everyone develops wisdom teeth (also referred to as third molars). Still, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 90 percent of people with at least one impacted wisdom tooth. This means that the tooth does not have enough space to break through the gums. The average person has four wisdom teeth; however, it is possible to have more. There was even a case where a person had nine wisdom teeth in total!

If you’re around the age where your wisdom teeth are about to erupt, there must be some facts you want to know. Read on to find out some essential facts about wisdom teeth!

Why do wisdom teeth exist?

Wisdom teeth came from man’s primitive ancestors who needed extra molar to digest food in their hunter-gatherer diet. As time went by, cooking and meal preparation led to the creation of food that was softer and easier to chew. This eliminated the need for additional molars. Aside from that, the modern man’s brain size has increased, and the jaw can no longer accommodate third molars from the back of the mouth. 

How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?

Your dentist will be able to detect if you have an erupted or impacted wisdom tooth. You may be recommended to visit an oral surgeon who specializes in the care of wisdom teeth, depending on your dentist’s experience. There are some cases where people will experience symptoms such as swelling in the back of the oral cavity, limited jaw mobility, or pain when they chew. Nevertheless, the majority of people with wisdom teeth do not feel any symptoms. It is best to get evaluated by a dentist to be sure. This is how you’ll know that you need wisdom teeth removal, one of the services we offer here at Marbella Dentistry. 

When is the best age to remove wisdom teeth?

The teeth are easiest to extract and bring fewer complications up until the roots. Typically, the wisdom teeth roots form during the teenage years. Thus, many patients have their wisdom teeth extracted during this time because the tooth roots are still not fully developed. As people age, the roots of the wisdom teeth continue to grow. The teeth will reposition, and the difficulty of extraction as well as injuring a nerve increases as one gets older.

If your wisdom teeth brings you pain and dental troubles, it is best to opt for Wisdom Teeth Removal in Cibolo, TX. Schedule an appointment with us here at Marbella Dentistry for a comfortable extraction procedure. We are located at  791 FM1103, #119, Cibolo, TX 78108.