All 32 Teeth – All Healthy!
Sometimes you just have to blog about a person having all 32 teeth – and all of them healthy. Most of us have at least lost our four wisdom teeth leaving us with 28 teeth. A very few people have more than 32 teeth but this is considered an anomaly. In general, probably over decades of evolutionary time, our jaws have gotten smaller so that there is not enough room for the full compliment of 32 teeth. Wisdom teeth are often extracted to prevent crowding of the other teeth, or because they are creating a problem for the patient.
Additionally, premolars, or the medium sized back teeth, are often extracted as part of orthodontic treatment to provide space for alignment of the remaining teeth. This used to be done more frequently in the past. Extractions made straightening the teeth easier for the orthodontist but we now know that the non judicious loss to teeth may create aesthetic problems with a person’s profile (and I’m not talking about their Facebook page!) Premolar extraction is a good treatment decision when done in the correct circumstance. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more information!
But, back to our patient here with 32 healthy teeth! Note healthy gum tissue, excellent oral hygiene, a wide band of pink attached tissue surrounds every tooth. This patient will most likely keep all of these gorgeous teeth for a lifetime and could, with proper care, proper diet, and a little luck, look this good into their 90’s and beyond!
It is a pleasure treating all types of patients, with all types of dentitions! I just wanted to share these healthy images as we often discuss problems!
Our office in Grand Junction, Colorado would be happy to answer your questions related to dentistry and dental health. Please call us at (970) 242-3635 or visit our website www.juliegillisdds.com or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc for more information!
Yours for better dental health,
Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health