Wisdom Teeth Extractions – St. Louis, MO
Comprehensive Care for Wisdom Teeth
Your third molars (also known as “wisdom teeth”) are typically the last adult teeth to develop. They’re located towards the back of your mouth, right behind your second molars. While every patient is different, they will typically emerge somewhere between the ages of 16 and 22. This is why they’re called wisdom teeth – this age is typically associated with new maturity and wisdom.
It is believed that these teeth initially developed to help our caveman ancestors eat the course roots, vegetables, and tough meets that made up the bulk of their diet. By the time a person reached their late teens or early twenties, it’s likely that they would have completely worn down or even broken one set of their molars because of these teeth-averse foods, which the wisdom teeth then replaced. However, as humans progressed and evolved, so did cooking methods, making food softer and easier to chew. As a result, these teeth were no longer needed, and over time, the size of the human jaw began to naturally shrink.
Because of this, there is often not enough room in the jaw to accommodate a third set of molars. This often causes a whole host of dangerous consequences for patients, such as impaction (when the tooth is partially or fully trapped beneath the bone). Adjacent teeth may also experience a higher risk of damage and decay, and cysts can form as well over time.
Here are just a few of the symptoms that the wisdom teeth can cause:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Oral pain/swelling
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, we strongly recommend that you schedule a consultation with our St. Louis wisdom tooth expert, Dr. Moreland, for further assistance. Contact us today!