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Why Your Dentist Might Recommend Wisdom Tooth Extraction

November 4, 2019
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Posted By: Frank Finazzo, DDS
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What are wisdom teeth, and why do so many dentists recommend removing them?

If you know anything about wisdom teeth, it’s probably that they often need to be extracted. So what do wisdom teeth do, and why do we have them in the first place?

Educating you about issues that involve your oral health is what we do at Winning Smiles. Understanding why we recommend wisdom tooth extraction in Fontana, CA can help make the process a little less daunting. 

Where Are My Wisdom Teeth Located?

Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are located behind your second molars, farthest back in your mouth. Typically, there are two on the top and two on the bottom, but some people don’t ever get wisdom teeth at all.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Your ancestors survived on a diet that included rough twigs, roots, bark, and nuts and needed a lot of chewing power. With the advent of processed foods, we no longer need that chewing power, so wisdom teeth no longer serve a practical purpose. 

Our jaws have also gotten smaller as we’ve evolved, which means there’s less room in our mouths to accommodate a third set of molars. Wisdom teeth commonly crowd surrounding teeth, making them difficult to brush and floss adequately. Or, they may come in at an odd angle or become stuck (impacted) in the gums. 

Why Do You Recommend Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

As you can see, you don’t need wisdom teeth, and they are notorious for causing more problems than they solve. In most cases, our dentists would recommend wisdom tooth extraction at our Fontana, CA dental office to avoid these common problems and protect the rest of your teeth. 

Please Call Our 92335 Dental Clinic to Book an Appointment

At Winning Smiles, we don’t generally recommend tooth extraction, but wisdom teeth are the exception. If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems or you’re not sure you should have them removed, please call WinningSmiles to schedule a dental appointment to learn more.

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