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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Third molars are the last permanent teeth to develop, and typically erupt between the age of 17 and 25. In the 17th century, third molars were given the common name, “teeth of wisdom,” because they developed at the age when people were considered to become adults. By the 19th century, that nickname had been further abbreviated to wisdom teeth, and it is still in common usage today. Wisdom teeth were once a necessary part of human evolution as a coarse diet caused extensive damage and tooth loss early in life, but refined diet and improved dentistry services have made wisdom teeth almost wholly unnecessary. Thus, a majority of people choose to have their third molars extracted shortly after they erupt.

Benefits of Early Wisdom Tooth Removal

At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our focus is on preventive dental care. We strive to help our patients maintain their healthy, natural teeth for a lifetime. When we recommend removal of one or more teeth, we do so in order to protect and preserve patients’ overall oral health. Wisdom teeth are frequently extracted for numerous dental health reasons including:

The Extraction Process

Depending on how wisdom teeth develop, there are two common methods of extraction.

Find out more About Wisdom Teeth Removal

If your wisdom teeth have erupted or are causing pain, contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation today. Our dentist and team are happy to examine developing wisdom teeth and make personalized recommendations for extraction or care of third molars.

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