What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the molars that are farthest back in your mouth. They usually develop during your late teenage years; you probably noticed them between ages 17 and 21.
Unlike your other molars, which you need to chew your food, you don’t need your wisdom teeth. They were helpful before humans cooked food and cut it up for easy chewing, but now they can be a nuisance, and most people choose to remove them.
Why Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your wisdom teeth can cause issues for your oral health. Some people don’t have any problems with them, but in general, most people’s jaws are too small to handle them. Wisdom teeth can:
- Crowd your other teeth
- Make your teeth crooked
- Cause jaw pain
- Grow in (painfully) sideways
- Create cysts and tumors under your gums
You should have your wisdom teeth removed if they’re painful. Your dentist may recommend that you get them removed if your teeth seem to be drifting together over time. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you may choose to have them removed as a preventive measure.
Are My Wisdom Teeth Impacted?
Your wisdom teeth can become impacted if they don’t have enough room in the back of your mouth to develop normally. Some people don’t realize that they have impacted wisdom teeth since they can be symptomless, but for others they are painful.
Impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to access and clean, so they’re more prone to decay and disease than your other molars. Bad hygiene can have detrimental results to your oral health, so it’s essential to get your wisdom teeth removed if they’re impacted.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is the process whereby a dentist removes your wisdom teeth. The operation takes around 45 minutes, and your mouth will be numbed before the procedure so that you don’t feel the pain of your teeth being removed.
Your wisdom teeth are firmly anchored in, so your dentist might need to cut your gums or bone to remove them. The underlying gum is stitched back together, and the stitches come out naturally within a few days. Your mouth will be sore for several days following the surgery, but you’ll quickly recover if you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
If you’re ready to be rid of the discomfort caused by your incoming or impacted wisdom teeth, call or schedule an appointment online at one of Aesthetic Dental Centers’ four locations today.