The older we get, the wiser we get. That notion is a big part of why the last molars that we develop are known as our 'wisdom teeth,' as they come in during our 'age of wisdom' between the ages of 17 and 25.
While some people develop these teeth with no problem, others have issues with overcrowding or susceptibility to diseases. According to Everyday Health, it is estimated that approximately 95 percent of American 18-year-olds have wisdom teeth, but few of them are able to use the molars to their advantage.
While many people do grow these teeth, not everyone does. Many scientists postulate that this discrepancy is largely due to evolution – early humans needed an extra row of teeth in order to chew and grind their food.
Depending on how your wisdom teeth come in, they can be partially or fully impacted or completely erupted. Partially impacted means that your teeth have only come out of your gum line a little bit, which can leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease or infection. Completely impacted wisdom teeth are trapped in the gums or jawbone, and they can also get infected and cause damage to other teeth in the back of your mouth. If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, it means they have cut through your gums, but they may crowd surrounding teeth.
When it comes to dealing with wisdom teeth, whether they are fully developed, cut through or impacted, making sure you have sought the counsel of a professional orthodontist will help you create a sufficient plan of action.
If you are interested in talking with any of our available New York City orthodontists, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.