We’ve gone through our lives hearing much advice on what to do and not to do, and what is good and bad for our teeth. Validating or debunking some of the common myths is Two Rivers Family Dental and Cosmetics, of Grangeville.
Myth: Wisdom teeth serve no purpose.
False, according to Two Rivers. They are like a spare gas tank...in reserve. Not all, but approximately 90 percent of people develop third molars, and in most cases people function with them and without them.
The problem is hygiene. The back side of second molar is hard to keep clean if there is another tooth half-buried in the gum tissue behind it, which we do not use to chew with and collects huge amounts of food debris and plaque. This harbors bacteria and causes infections known as pericoronitis (a swelling of gum tissue around tooth) and a cellulitis (or swelling) occurs.
95 percent of the time, it is prudent to extract them at 16-25 years of age, because younger peoples’ bone is softer and less trauma is incurred on removal. Wisdom teeth can be used for bridge attachments and can be orthodontically moved forward to replace the second molar where actual mastication (or chewing) occurs.
Two Rivers Dentistry is open five days a week to answer any dental questions. Our phone 208-983-1651. We’re also online at tworiversdentist.com. Complimentary consultation or second opinions are always available.