Are you any wiser without your wisdom teeth? “So what do wisdom teeth have anything to do with your wisdom?” Well, the question which was asked at the beginning of the article is in reference to the fact that an old wife’s tale exists which purports the belief that you are wise without your wisdom teeth.
In any case, some people need to have their wisdom teeth removed for dental or medical reasons. This article will discuss wisdom teeth removal.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are those teeth in the back of your jaw which are largely redundant. This is because the overall eating function is not affected at all if your wisdom teeth are removed.
What Entails The Process of Wisdom Teeth Removal?
While a standard dental process, the wisdom teeth removal process can be quite involved and complex. The average adult has four wisdom teeth. Two are located at the corners on both sides of the upper and lower jaws.
Wisdom teeth generally are harmless and perform a little function in terms of your overall ability to eat and speak. However, some people have smaller jaws that restrict or prohibit the overall growth of their wisdom teeth.
They will need to undergo wisdom teeth removal processes because impacted wisdom teeth can and will cause them a great deal of pain. What’s more, is that wisdom teeth can become infected if they don’t grow properly because it will be impossible for you to clean them properly.
Your wisdom teeth will collect plaque and plaque-covered teeth eventually succumb to gingivitis and other severe dental diseases.
It is in these instances that the dentist will receive help from his or her dental hygienists when he or she pulls the wisdom teeth out of your mouth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe dental and hygiene problems down the line, so you should have them removed even if you presently don’t feel any pain or discomfort from them and they are not causing you any dental problems.
Because wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to emerge in the mouth from the gums, most people don’t get them until they are in their late teens to early to mid-twenties (17-25).
The interesting and perhaps the good news is that some people never have their wisdom teeth grow in. Wisdom teeth removal tends to be required when wisdom teeth are impacted or grow improperly in the mouth.
You can tell if you have impacted wisdom teeth if they are growing at an angle next to the second molar. Impacted teeth also grow at an angle towards the back of the mouth. They can also grow at right angles in relation to the other teeth in your mouth.
Finally, you probably have impacted teeth if your wisdom teeth grow up or down but remain within your jaw bone.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Real Problems
Check you need wisdom teeth removal if you have impacted wisdom teeth. You may experience a great deal of pain otherwise. You may also end up trapping food between or behind these teeth. As mentioned earlier, this can lead to a severe case of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If you have a partially erupted wisdom tooth in your mouth, it could decay severely early. The bad news is that this can spread to the rest of your mouth and could cause severe health problems and huge medical and dental bills later on in your life.
Additionally, mounting evidence strongly indicates that having infected or plague-ridden wisdom teeth may make you more likely to miscarry if you are pregnant.
The belief is that the germs and bacteria in your mouth can travel to your developing fetus through your bloodstream and cause it to become very ill.