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Does Your Wisdom Tooth Need to Be Extracted?

January 12, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. BJ Stewart
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Not everyone is entirely sure why we still have wisdom teeth, and how they can help us. Most people know one thing about wisdom teeth: that they tend to cause more problems than they're worth and they often need to be surgically removed. 

At Norco Family Dental, we love informing our patients about oral health concerns, dental procedures, and anything our Greeley patients might be interested in learning more about. 

Learn More About Wisdom Teeth

Most Greeley patients know that wisdom teeth are the furthest back in your mouth; and that usually, we have four wisdom teeth—two on the top and the bottom. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, but for the ones who do, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington may recommend tooth extractions to prevent future dental issues. 

What Is the Purpose of Wisdom Teeth?

When human beings were navigating the road between foraging and agriculture, they tended to rely on chewing to process hard foods like roots, nuts, leaves, bark, and meat. The back molars called wisdom teeth aided in our bite capacity and allowed us to maintain an unprocessed diet. Modern lifestyles are full of soft, processed foods that don't require back-up aid for chewing.

On top of that, our very jaws have evolved to be smaller, so wisdom teeth can often overcrowd our oral cavities when they start to emerge. 

Why Should I Extract My Wisdom Teeth?

Emerging wisdom teeth can face any number of problems, from overcrowding to being challenging to access and clean. While some patients may have enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt, your dentists may still advise for tooth extraction in west Greeley to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, or infection. 

You may consider a dental extraction if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Your wisdom teeth feel sensitive or hurt—Dental pain is always a sign that you need to see a dental professional, but discomfort around your wisdom teeth might indicate a cavity, decay, or infection
  • Swollen or tender gums—If you have gum inflammation, you may be experiencing gum disease. Since the back molar area is difficult to clean, patients should always be active in paying attention to their wisdom teeth
  • Your Greeley dentist finds a cavity—Normally, cavities are quickly removed, but if they are on your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction in Greeley since cavities may continue to occur. 

Call Our Office in the 80634 Area to Learn More

If you are suffering from back tooth pain, or if you think your wisdom tooth is having issues emerging, please call our Greeley dentists to schedule an appointment
 

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