5 Common Myths About Wisdom Teeth

How much do you know about wisdom teeth? There is a lot of misinformation floating around about these molars. Read on to get the facts.

Everyone Grows Wisdom Teeth

Only about 65% of people will grow wisdom teeth, and many of those people will only grow one wisdom tooth. Genetics might influence whether or not you’ll grow wisdom teeth.

Only Teenagers Grow Wisdom Teeth

While wisdom teeth are most likely to emerge during a person’s teenage years, people can grow wisdom teeth into their early twenties. If your dentist hasn’t spotted wisdom teeth on your x-rays by the age of 25, it’s safe to assume that you will not be growing them.

Wisdom Tooth Discomfort is Normal and Nothing to Worry About

Wisdom tooth discomfort can be an indication that your teeth are impacted, or unable to emerge due to lack of space in your mouth. It’s also possible that your wisdom teeth are pressing on delicate nerves or other teeth. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain, it’s a sign that you need to see a dentist.

Wisdom Tooth Pain Will Disappear Over Time

Many people ignore wisdom tooth pain, assuming it will resolve itself after the teeth grow in. However, ignoring this pain can make the situation worse. If impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause cysts, sinus problems, jaw damage, and more.

Removing Wisdom Teeth is Painful

Wisdom tooth extractions are safe, common procedures that can be performed with minimal pain. At Porter Smiles Dental, Dr. Mogri will provide you with comfortable care. Call 281-519-7200 to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction.