Fun, Not-So-Fun, and Interesting Facts About Your Third Molar

Kid with a painful wisdom toothWhile scientists are still working on the best way to prevent the growth of third molars, we have to accept we may have to deal eventually with wisdom teeth in West Jordan. People coined the popular nickname for human third molars in reference to the age they usually grow, which is from 17-25 years of age.

Essentially, they are the last set of teeth to grow in the mouth.

Why dentists usually remove them

Dentists typically recommend removal of third molars. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimate about 85% of third molars have to be extracted by a qualified dentist.

The problem with them is that they do not emerge properly or fully, which is understandable given the little space available when all permanent adult teeth have grown to maturity.

When there is not enough space, the teeth, which grow back along the dental arch, grow sideways or emerge only partially from the gums. Some third molars do not emerge at all and stay trapped – impacted – within the jawbone.

No thanks, wisdom tooth

A gene known as PAX9 influences development of teeth. This is one of the genetic determinants of a third-molar free existence. Third molar agenesis characterizes certain ethnic groups or some simply lack of development of a wisdom tooth.

Cases of non-extraction of third molars

Third molars that are symptomatic cause damage to other teeth and are painful or infected; you should deal with them. Root canal treatment of RCT is a widely accepted therapy approach with good prognosis.

When a third molar is infected, the dentist may recommend RCT, which they accomplish in several treatments. Nevertheless, if there is severe damage, then RCT may not be the best option.

It is a rare occurrence to find a person with all 32 teeth, including third molars, and have a perfectly aligned smile. If you have to deal with third molar related problems, better bring your case to qualified and experienced dentists.