Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. During a visit, your dentist will examine you to determine whether your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
- damage to adjacent teeth
- gum disease
- tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
Remove or Not to Remove?
The condition of your mouth changes over time. Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing future problems still exists. As with many other health conditions, as people age they are at greater risk for health problems, and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dentist visits are important so that your dentist can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health. Your dentist can help you prevent and manage disease and achieve optimal oral health. We offer a complete consultation with our oral surgeon to determine your needs! Give us a call today at 702.388.8888 to schedule your appointment with one of the best dentists Las Vegas has to offer.
– Information from the MouthHealthy.org and the ADA