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Pearland Dentist Explains Why We Remove Wisdom Teeth

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If they are called wisdom teeth, then why do they need to be removed? It’s a logical question – “logical” being the operative word here.

According to dental legend, these molars are called wisdom teeth because they arrive much later in a person’s life, therefore seeming to be much wiser than the other teeth. As the old adage says, “This only comes with age.” Well, typically this specifies something positive. Wisdom teeth? Not so great, especially since they most often have to be removed.

Reasons Why Wisdom Teeth Have to be Removed

According to Dr. Laerrol Johnson, oral surgeon for Shadow Creek Ranch Dental Specialists in Pearland, it is best to remove wisdom teeth before it is too late or before they start to cause the person real oral problems.

“We remove the teeth to prevent pathology and prevent carries on the adjacent teeth,” he said. “We also do it to help prevent periodontal disease, which is the decrease of bone in that area as well.”

Wisdom teeth have been known to bother people when chewing, or be hard to reach for brushing and flossing, which can quickly create cavities. For other reasons, Dr. Johnson suggests that it is better to remove wisdom teeth sooner rather than later.

“It also helps prevent the pathology and the crowding of teeth as well,” he said.

At our Pearland dental clinic, we have dentists for every type of oral health need, as well as for every age group. We provide pediatric dentistry, orthodontist, prosthodontist, and an oral surgeon who can step in to administer oral surgery.

If you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, then you should contact our office at 281-741-5247 or fill out our online form to schedule your dental appointment.

About Corbet Ellison

Younger smiles often require special attention, and Dr. Corbet Ellison, our Pediatric Dentist, is ready to address their needs with specialized pediatric care. Unlike a general family dentist, a pediatric dentist has received three years of formal training beyond dental school to address the needs of juvenile patients. The American Dental Association recommends a baby should first be brought to the pediatric dentist when the first primary (or “baby”) tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Your child will undergo treatment that incorporates the latest techniques and advances in the field, to ensure the strongest possible care from the earliest age on.

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