Why We Get Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are something that we may not even think about until they begin to erupt. These molars are located at the back of your mouth near the throat, and they usually come in during your late teens or early 20s. This process can be painful, but for some people, it can also affect their dental health. Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist, may recommend extraction to reduce the risk of these problems.

We can live comfortably without wisdom teeth. They are considered vestigial, or not necessary. Our ancestors once needed these extra teeth due to their tough diets and difficult living conditions. When their wisdom teeth grew in, they would have an extra set of teeth that enabled them to chew more effectively. However, many of them suffered from severe dental damage that left them with poorly functioning molars.
Today, we eat cooked and softened foods, which means that our teeth are not exposed to the same kinds of rigorous conditions. This means that the wisdom teeth simply do not have a purpose anymore and can even interfere with the natural function and appearance of your smile. In fact, one study revealed that more than four out of five people need their wisdom teeth extracted due to crowding, impaction and other common problems.

Dr. Frame can help you determine if you need your wisdom teeth extracted. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis in our office, and most people recover quickly. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in wisdom teeth removal in Santa Clara.

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