An average adult has a set of 32 permanent teeth, comprising of 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, 8 molars, and 4 third molars or wisdom teeth. Typically, if you have an ideal jaw and teeth alignment, all 32 can be positioned and projected in the mouth. But does everyone grow wisdom teeth? If so, what are the signs of wisdom teeth eruption? Here are the answers to that question and some other inquiries about your wisdom teeth.
Does everyone grow wisdom teeth?
We are all beautifully made to have 32 permanent teeth. However, more often than not, some of the teeth, the third molars, in particular, need to be extracted so as not to disrupt the eruption and placement of the other teeth in the jaw. Your wisdom teeth may be the ideal teeth, impacted or erupted, to be removed by your dentist or orthodontist when preparing for an orthodontic procedure of straightening your teeth. Because they are the last ones to erupt, their position on the jaw may be compromised and limited, giving way to the other teeth before them.
Why are the third molars called wisdom teeth?
Your third molars erupt later than the rest when you reach approximately 17 to 21 years of age. This phase in your life is when these last set of permanent teeth emerges, at the time when you are currently in your late teens or entering college, coining the term ‘wisdom’ teeth.
What are the signs of tooth eruption?
Just like other teeth eruption, your third molars will present swelling, tenderness, and redness of the gums should it be time for them to erupt. However, instances where your third molars are impacted or are difficultly placed inside the gums and pushing or exerting pressure on neighboring molars, the pain and inflammation you may fell are worse than expected. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause difficulty in speaking and opening mouth, swelling of the jaw, pain, and change in bite.
There are so many fascinating facts about your dental health that you are still unaware of. If you are really interested, why not consult your friendly dentist and learn more from him? He is the best source of information about your teeth, gums, and your overall dental health.