Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

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
  • Cysts
  • 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!

Our Office Hours & Address:

Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Saturday: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Sunday: Closed​

Our Location: 100 Harth Place, Summerville, SC 29485

After Hours? Don't Panic! Were Only A Phone Call Away!

Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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