Every adult typically has thirty-two teeth, with each of them having its distinct functions. The front teeth grip the food and bite them into pieces, while the back teeth grind them to help easy swallowing. Out of all these teeth, wisdom teeth are the last ones to emerge. Most individuals have four wisdom teeth, and they usually come out during their late teens. However, they may cause several problems if they don't emerge properly or are impacted.
For some people, impacted wisdom teeth may not cause any apparent or immediate issues. But for others, it can lead to overcrowding in the mouth or cause pain, infection, and damage to the other teeth. Dentists recommend removing such impacted wisdom teeth to prevent pain and other complications.
Our mouth has space for only 28 teeth. So, what purpose does wisdom teeth serve? Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were provisions for our ancestors to chew coarse, hard food like nuts, meats, and roots. However, today, as we eat only soft foods, these teeth have outlived their objective and often cause more harm than good.
When wisdom teeth emerge after most of the permanent molars are in place, this can lead to overcrowding of teeth in the mouth. You should consider extracting them if it causes the following problems:
Wisdom tooth extraction involves the following steps:
Like any other tooth removal procedure, the patient may experience post-extraction pain, bleeding, or swelling. Take the prescribed painkillers and follow extraction aftercare tips - avoid strenuous activities and hot drinks, take good rest, eat soft foods, and drink plenty of fluids.
If you would like to know more about wisdom teeth extraction, give us a call at (303) 4222502, or visit us at Ralston Creek Dental, 10229 W 58th Ave, Arvada, CO 80002.