Category: Wisdom Teeth

Is It Time To Extract My Wisdom Teeth?

Even though most high schools and colleges in the Lafayette, LA area have started classes (or will be soon), there is still time for students to get oral healthcare. The most common age range for wisdom teeth to emerge is ages 17-22. Some people have absolutely no issues with their wisdom teeth and they join… Read more »

When And Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Your teeth emerge from your gums at different stages throughout childhood and into early adulthood. The first teeth to erupt are your incisors, then your canines, then your premolars and molars, and lastly your third molars. Third molars, named as such because they are the third set of molars and last teeth to emerge, are… Read more »

Is It Time To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Many patients, despite keeping up with their oral health needs, will have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Why is this necessary? The reason wisdom teeth often have to be removed is that their arrival can cause spacing issues with your teeth, by crowding them. They can also erupt improperly, and you might feel discomfort… Read more »

How To Tell If You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

There was a time when humans needed their wisdom teeth. That’s because back then they had a bigger jaw and needed the extra teeth to chew big pieces of raw meat, bark, and plant roots. Today we no longer need our wisdom teeth because we eat processed foods. As a result, human jaws have shrunk… Read more »

Is Extracting Your Wisdom Teeth Necessary?

Whether your wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt or not – they may need to be extracted. Since this is such a common procedure nowadays, many patients don’t understand the purpose of having these third molars at all. While they can be a considerable asset to your mouth, they often pose more risks than benefits… Read more »

Do I Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?

We often find that wisdom teeth removal is a mystery to many patients. This is typically because this third set of molars doesn’t make an appearance until you have entered the end of your teen years or your early twenties. For some patients, wisdom teeth present no issue whatsoever. However, these final molars commonly require… Read more »

Restorative Dentistry Treatments: Your Guide

Are you fairly well informed regarding the benefits of restorative dentistry? If so, you know that this is the area of dentistry that comes to the rescue when you require a repair or when you are dealing with a problem like an oral illness. However, do you know much about the particular treatments we offer… Read more »

How Wise Is It To Keep Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt and believe it or not, that is why they are called wisdom teeth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and this is the period of time that we are supposedly becoming wiser, hence, the name wisdom teeth. The reason we have wisdom teeth… Read more »

Your Third Molars

In ancient times humans were bestowed with three sets of molars to accommodate their diet which included roots, bark, seeds, raw vegetables, and large pieces of raw meat. Over the years, the human jaw has become smaller due to a softer diet of cooked foods. As a result many people don’t always have room for… Read more »

Dentistry in the Dark Ages: Shakespeare and Pigs’ Teeth

When Shakespeare penned that “parting is such sweet sorrow,” he probably didn’t have dentistry in mind. Of course, a closer look at dental care in Shakespeare’s time suggests that this famous line could easily have applied to tooth extraction. General dentist Dr. Michael Young, who offers wisdom tooth extractions in Lafayette, LA, explains how far… Read more »