Most people naturally grow 32 permanent adult teeth, however, our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this many teeth. It is believed that wisdom teeth were necessary for our early ancestors, whose diet was primarily comprised of uncooked meat and other rough foods, which required more chewing power. As human beings have evolved, our jawbones have grown shorter and our diet has more soft foods, which has resulted in wisdom teeth not only not being necessary, but potentially harmful to our oral health.
Wisdom teeth are located in the back of your mouth and are typically the last teeth to develop, typically between the ages of 17-25. When patients do not have a sufficient amount of space to allow for the teeth to erupt, the tooth can become impacted. If wisdom teeth do grow in straight, it will not be necessary to have them removed; however, because wisdom teeth significantly increase a patient’s risk of developing oral issues such as misalignment, tooth decay, nerve and jaw damage, pain, and infection, it is considered best practice to have them removed. Wisdom teeth should ideally be removed before the root structure develops fully, which can occur in patients as young as 12 or 13, or as late as patients in their early twenties.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth removal, or if you have any additional questions concerning the wisdom teeth removal process or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.