Wisdom Teeth FAQ’s – Asheville, NC
Satisfying Your Wisdom Teeth Curiosity
Will you or a loved one need wisdom tooth removal? This common dental surgery has become almost a right of passage, but what do you really know about it? Many patients have questions about this process and why we do it, which is why Dr. White has developed a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth in Asheville.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your third molars located in the far back of your mouth. These teeth are usually the last to develop, which is one of the reasons why there is not always enough room for them to grow in properly.
At What Age Do People Get Wisdom Teeth?
Most people will get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, which is why they got their name. These teeth develop when you’re older and hopefully wiser than when your other primary teeth grew in, which is why they’re called wisdom teeth. That said, it’s still possible to develop wisdom teeth as a pre-teen or older adult, but these instances are rare.
Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?
No, not everyone gets wisdom teeth. Typically, 4 wisdom teeth will grow in, but some people can even have just 1, 2, or 3 develop. Then, you may have some people that don’t get wisdom teeth at all, it will just depend on your specific case.
What Symptoms Indicate the Need for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
You should contact our office for wisdom teeth removal if you’re experiencing pain in your jaw, tenderness, swelling around the gums, infection or abscess, or parts of the wisdom tooth poking out of your gums. However, some people may not experience any of these symptoms and will still need to get them removed, which is why seeing your oral surgeon in Asheville for a consultation is vital.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
The main reason why wisdom teeth need to be extracted is that they can cause damage to surrounding teeth. If they are impacted or crowded, they can affect the alignment of your smile, your bite, and its overall look and function. However, if your wisdom teeth grow in correctly positioned and healthy, they may not even have to be removed.