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It’s funny to consider that wisdom teeth are called wisdom teeth, due to the fact that there seems to be such confusion surrounding wisdom teeth. It’s somewhat of a misnomer. The word wisdom implies that a person has vast knowledge or experience with a particular subject. However, wisdom teeth seem to need the most explanation, and cause the most amount of confusion. Here are some pieces of information for you about you or your child’s wisdom teeth that might help you become “wise” to them!

Wisdom teeth are also called third molars. They are usually the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. You will often hear the term “impacted wisdom teeth.” Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt into the mouth. They can cause concern because they can cause pain and can also contribute to problems including:

Damage neighboring teeth
Periodontal disease
Bone or tooth loss
Receding gums
If your child has wisdom teeth that need to be removed, it is easier to do this when they are younger. The reason for this is your child’s roots are not completely formed, and the surrounding bone is softer. This means there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures. If you wait for a later age, it becomes more complicated. It’s important to make sure your dentist is keeping track of your child’s wisdom teeth and their development.

Dr. Gordon at Gordon Dental of Leawood will track your child’s development and growth through regular exams and x-rays to see when the optimal time will be for your child’s wisdom teeth removal. Book your appointment today!

Posted on Behalf of Gordon Dental of Leawood