Did you know those wisdom teeth are the last molars to appear in your mouth? Wisdom teeth usually appear in our late twenties or early thirties. These teeth can sometimes become a valuable asset to your mouth if they are strong and well-aligned. However, the majority of them are misaligned and must be removed. Visit Stockton Creative Dental in Stockton, California, regularly to maintain appropriate oral hygiene and promote a healthy dental lifestyle.

What Is the Purpose of Wisdom Teeth?

Most adults get their third set of molars between the ages of 17 and 21. These molars are also known as wisdom teeth. Teeth are classified based on their position and function. Sharper teeth can rip food into tiny pieces, while flatter teeth crush it down. Wisdom teeth are the flatter type of teeth known as molars. Your molars have reached the back of your mouth. Adults have three sets of molars on the top and bottom of their mouths, as well as on both sides.

Humans grow their first set of teeth from birth to early adolescence, then lose them and grow a new set. There is a little delay, and then the final set of teeth emerges in early adulthood.

Why Are They Called “Wisdom” Teeth?

The last pair of teeth to appear in your mouth are your third molars. They often erupt between the ages of 17 and 21.

Because of their advanced age, they were dubbed “wisdom” teeth. The nickname is most likely inspired by the aphorism or concept that “with age comes wisdom.”

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems?

When wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may be horizontal, inclined toward or away from the second molars, or angled inward or outward. Misalignment can crowd or damage nearby teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Wisdom teeth that only partially form can cause problems in your dental system. They are trapped within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone, and there is just not enough space for them to break through the surface. As a result, they only partially penetrate or erupt through the gum. This, in turn, can result in tumors or cysts, which can further destroy other healthy teeth and the jawbone if not treated promptly. Another concern is that they are so far back that they can be difficult to clean! This, in turn, increases your risk of infection and tooth decay.

To learn more about wisdom teeth and to receive the best dental care, contact Stockton Creative Dental. To book an appointment, call (209) 466-5000 or visit 2043 E, Fremont St. #8, Stockton, CA 95205.

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