What Are Wisdom Teeth and Why Don’t I Want Them?
Have about 30 minutes to spare and want to be thoroughly entertained? After you read this blog, go to You Tube and watch a few of the “wisdom teeth removal” videos which have become internet sensations. These hilarious movies are of teenagers still under the influence of general anesthesia after having their wisdom teeth removed. One girl is absolutely sure she was a NASCAR driver who had been in an accident. Another young man gets downright weepy when he suddenly realizes the true beauty of trees.
Are Wisdom Teeth Smarter Than Other Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are any molars beyond the second molar and no, they are not smarter or wiser. They get their name from the age during which they erupt: 17 to 25 years old which was thought to be the age a young person became wise. Folks can have one to four wisdom teeth but some people don’t have any.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Generally speaking, wisdom teeth are removed because of issues that arise from their presence. They can become troublesome when they are sitting at such an angle that they are pushing on adjacent teeth, causing unnecessary damage. Also, if left unattended, an impacted wisdom tooth can lead to recurring gum infections or cyst formation. Wisdom teeth removal is at times preventative and other times immediately necessary depending on the situation.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Most people get their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 16 and 20. It is at this time the dentist has a good idea from x-rays if the wisdom teeth are causing problems or could be troublesome in the future. It is also easier for a dentist to remove the teeth at this age rather than waiting till later in life because the bones aren’t as dense and the roots of the teeth are not as deep. Furthermore, it can be a challenge to keep those very last molars clean since they’re harder to reach with a toothbrush and floss.
What Else Should I Know About Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Approximately 10% of general dentists remove wisdom teeth. The majority of folks are referred to a dental surgeon. If your dentist is licensed to provide the type of sedation needed for wisdom teeth extraction, the surgery can be done right in your dentist’s office. In the olden days the thought was to remove two wisdom teeth at a time, requiring two different surgeries. Currently however, removing all the wisdom teeth at once is standard practice. The surgery itself is rather straight forward and takes less than an hour. Afterward, your dentist will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics, and will recheck your progress in about a week. Typically you would have a four-day recovery time. So if you had your wisdom teeth removed on Thursday you’d be back to school or work by Monday.
Martin-Taylor Dentistry is licensed to remove wisdom teeth!