Wisdom teeth are the name given to the late emerging fourth molars in humans. This fourth set of molars were originally part of the development of earlier humans, when their diet required an extra set of teeth. Today these extra teeth are unnecessary and potentially harmful. The vast majority of people will get their wisdom teeth at one point or another.

Most people will start to see their wisdom teeth emerge when they are between the ages of 17 and 25. In some people the wisdom teeth emerge through the gum line and fit perfectly into the mouth. These lucky people will not have to take any action regarding their wisdom teeth. Other people will have impacted wisdom teeth, or molars that cannot properly break through the gums. Still others will have a fourth set of molars that come in awkwardly, which creates problems for the rest of the teeth. These people may have to have their wisdom teeth removed to help prevent problems with misaligned teeth or impacted wisdom teeth. Sometimes the impaction of these molars can be painful for patients, but other times they cause little to no problems.

Most dental surgeons will recommend that impacted wisdom teeth be removed, even if they are not causing any specific problems. Any wisdom teeth that are applying pressure to the other teeth should also be removed. In cases where wisdom teeth have been pushing on the other teeth for some time, orthodontic treatment may be required to straighten out the misaligned teeth. Popular options include Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. These treatments can correct alignment issues in the teeth as well as bite problems in a matter of months, depending on each case.

Any person who is experiencing problems with their wisdom teeth or who suffer from misaligned teeth should discuss their options with the dental staff of the Parrock Dental and Implant Centre. This is the recommended place to go for braces in Gravesend. The practice is located at 189-191 Parrock Street, in Gravesend, Kent DA12 1EN. Head dentist Dr Rik Trivedi and his qualified dental staff can answer questions about orthodontics and wisdom teeth extraction procedures.

More information about this procedure and the other services offered by the Parrock Dental and Implant Centre can be found online at www.parrockdental.co.uk. Interested parties can also reach the Centre by calling 01474 537191. In addition to wisdom tooth extractions, the dental team can also provide routine dental checkups and cosmetic procedures.