If you hear anything about wisdom teeth, it’s most likely that they are troublesome and often need to be extracted.
But have you ever wondered what wisdom teeth do and why they exist in the first place? At Fleischmann Family Dentistry, patient education is an integral part of what we do. When you understand why your dentist recommends wisdom tooth extraction in Broomfield, CO, the process seems a little less daunting.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also referred to as third molars, and they are the teeth that are farthest back in your mouth. There are typically four wisdom teeth with two on the bottom and two on the top. However, some people never get wisdom teeth at all.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Way back when your ancestors were living on a diet of coarse roots, twigs, leaves, and nuts, wisdom teeth gave them the chewing power they needed. As processed foods entered our diets, the need for that kind of chewing force lessened, and now wisdom teeth no longer serve a practical purpose.
As we’ve evolved, our jaws have also gotten smaller so that there’s no longer enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. They may crowd surrounding teeth, come in crooked, or not come in at all, which results in impacted wisdom teeth. And, since wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, adequately brushing and flossing them is also a challenge.
Why Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing more problems than they’re worth, considering the fact that you no longer need them. Everyone has unique needs, but in most cases, our dentists would recommend tooth extraction at our Broomfield, CO dental office to prevent these problems and protect your oral health.
Please Call to Book an Appointment
Dr. Fleischmann and Dr. Minard offer tooth extractions at our Bloomfield dental office, including the removal of wisdom teeth. If you want to learn more, please call Fleischmann Family Dental for a convenient appointment.