With teenagers out of school for the summer, it's often the time for family vacations, fun in the sun, late nights with friends, or a temporary job to help save for college. Many parents know that summer is a great time for their teens to rejuvenate after a tough school year and to bulk up their savings account. But did you know summer is also the perfect time for your teenager to get their wisdom teeth removed? In this blog post, we explore the purpose of these teeth and talk about when and why they’re often removed.
As you get older and gain life experience, you get smarter and more wise, right? Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are the last set of molars to grow in, usually in a person's late teens or early twenties, at a time when you're considered more wise than in your youth (hence the nickname). Depending on your genetics, you can have anywhere from zero to four of these molars. It is believed that early humans needed them as a boost in chewing power to process a much different diet of tough foods like roots, leaves, nuts, seeds, and meats without our modern-day cooking techniques, processing, and utensils.
Humans have evolved a lot over the centuries; we now have smaller jaws that are not as accommodating to those late blooming wisdom teeth. We often recommend their extraction before they erupt to prevent potential dental issues. Because once they do show up, they can wreak havoc on a beautiful smile, causing crowding and shifting, or they can become impacted, resulting in pain, cysts, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth and nerves. At Cinco Ranch Smiles & Braces, our expert team can evaluate your teen's smile with X-rays and a visual exam to determine if and when their wisdom teeth should be removed.
Have your teen's wisdom teeth taken care of sooner rather than later to avoid any damage to their smile. Summer is the ideal time for wisdom teeth removal, since your kiddos are out of school and have plenty of free time for recovery. Here at Cinco Ranch Smiles & Braces in Katy, we can extract these teeth to keep your teenager's smile healthy and strong. Contact us for more information about wisdom teeth removal!