Between the ages of 17 and 21, a few teeth begin to grow from the back of our jaws. Popularly known as wisdom teeth, these molars cause trouble in more ways than one.
What are wisdom teeth and why do we have them? In order to understand the functionality of our wisdom teeth, we must look into our past.
Many, many, many years ago, our diet did not consist of Chick-Fill-A or homemade mashed potatoes. Instead, we munched on roots, meat, nuts, and other natural growth. Our wisdom teeth were important in chewing these hard materials to make them softer for digestion.
These days, some people never have wisdom teeth emerge. Others must get them removed because there is not enough room for them to grow correctly or be comfortable.
When wisdom teeth grow and overcrowd a mouth, many issues arise such as;
- Crooked Teeth
- Increased Tooth Decay
- Jaw Pain
- Horizontal Growth
At Progressive Family Dentistry, we will keep a close eye on your child’s wisdom teeth to know when it is the right time to think about extraction. In the meantime, check out more content on our website or schedule an appointment today!