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Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Among the many questions our patients ask us, one of the most common is, "why do we have wisdom teeth?". It’s a topic that often sparks interest amongst those experiencing wisdom tooth growth and, potentially, the issues it can cause.

In this blog, we will explore the purpose of wisdom teeth, the common problems associated with their growth, and how our expert team can help ensure your oral health and comfort throughout the process.

The history of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of molars that typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth were once essential to our ancestors who primarily consumed coarse and rough food, such as raw meats, roots, and nuts.

Historically, the human diet was harder to chew and digest, resulting in significant wear and tear on teeth. Wisdom teeth served as replacements for molars that were frequently lost due to excessive use. However, as our diets have evolved over time, becoming softer and more refined, the need for these additional molars has diminished.

What problems can they cause?

In the present day, most people have smaller jaws than their ancestors, leaving limited space for the emergence of wisdom teeth. This discrepancy often leads to several issues, making wisdom tooth removal a common dental procedure - something we’re experts in at New Smile Fulham.

  • When there isn't enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to erupt fully, they may become impacted, meaning they are unable to emerge properly. This can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.

  • Crowding: Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on existing teeth as they attempt to emerge, leading to dental crowding and misalignment. This can affect the alignment of your bite and the overall aesthetics of your smile.

  • Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create small openings in the gums, providing a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to infection and potential decay.

How can we help?

At New Smile Fulham, we understand that the presence of wisdom teeth can cause a range of dental issues, impacting your oral health and overall well-being. Our experienced dental team is well-equipped to address wisdom tooth concerns and provide personalised solutions for each patient.

  • During your regular dental check-ups, our skilled dentists will monitor the development and positioning of your wisdom teeth. Through careful examination and X-rays, we can determine if removal is necessary to prevent potential complications.

  • If wisdom teeth are causing discomfort or posing a risk to your oral health, our dentists can perform safe and gentle extractions. Using advanced techniques and sedation options, we strive to make the procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

  • Our dental professionals take the time to understand your unique oral health needs and tailor treatment plans accordingly. We will discuss all available options, addressing any concerns you may have to ensure you make informed decisions about your dental care.

  • After wisdom tooth removal, our team will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth during the healing process. We are here to support you every step of the way to ensure a smooth recovery.

The presence of wisdom teeth can present various challenges, often requiring removal to protect your oral health and overall well-being. At New Smile Fulham, we are dedicated to providing personalised dental care, addressing wisdom tooth concerns, and offering solutions to ensure your smile remains healthy and beautiful.

If you are experiencing discomfort or suspect issues with your wisdom teeth, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.



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