Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to grow in the mouth. Also known as third molars, these teeth are found at the very back of the mouth behind the second molars. Most people’s third molars erupt during their teen years or into their early twenties though they start developing as early as age 10 or 11. They get the name “wisdom teeth” because they finish growing in around the transition from adolescence to adulthood, which is associated with becoming wiser and more mature.
Many people develop four wisdom teeth, similar to the growth pattern of your molars. However, that is not always the case. It is not uncommon for an individual to grow a single wisdom tooth, two or three wisdom teeth, more than four wisdom teeth, or not develop third molars at all! Typically, it is impossible to anticipate how many wisdom teeth an individual will have until they begin to develop.
If your wisdom teeth grow in your mouth properly and have enough room to function, they become powerful tools for chewing food. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Third molars have a tendency to grow in sideways, become impacted, and cause other oral health problems. Many people’s mouths are not large enough to accommodate the extra set of molars even if they are growing into the mouth in proper alignment. That is why most dental professionals recommend having the teeth examined early to determine whether the teeth require removal. Regular visits to your general dentist can assist in detecting third molars before they become a problem. A simple x-ray scan will provide the information necessary to determine how many of these teeth are developing and their path of eruption.
If you are interested in learning more or have recently been told that you have wisdom teeth developing, please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Dr. Falender and his highly trained staff are happy to examine your teeth and work with you to develop an effective plan for removal.
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