If there’s one thing that people don’t have a lot of wisdom with when it comes to their teeth… It’s maintaining a regular oral hygiene schedule. Brushing and flossing regularly are the most crucial parts of maintaining proper oral health. What, you thought we would make a predictable wisdom tooth joke? We thought you had more faith in us than that!
In all seriousness, there is a lack of information and knowledge out there when it comes to why wisdom teeth exist, why we have to remove them for some people and not others, and what the heck “impacted” actually means. So sit back and let us bestow a little wisdom on your in regards to these mystifying teeth (we had to have at least one pun in here, have more faith in us than that!)
Why Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
It’s long been theorized that wisdom teeth are a by-product of our evolutionary heritage. Back in the sticks-and-stone age humans had a much coarser diet than they do today. Tough meats and wild plants and fruits and lack of proper oral hygiene meant that you were bound to have lost a set of molars or two by your 20’s. Wisdom teeth were an effective way to replace them and make sure that you continued being able to chew, eat, and live.
With the advancements made in modern medicine, we don’t lose those teeth at nearly the same rate. These improvements mean we have a few extra teeth hanging out in our gums waiting for a chance to break the surface.
Why Do They Need To Be Removed?
For most people, wisdom teeth will come in perfectly fine, and it won’t be an issue. For others, though, they can be misaligned causing the existing teeth to become a bit crowded, damaging them or even the jawbone and nerves.
If the misalignment is prominent enough, the teeth can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth get stuck under the gum line and cannot break through. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to swelling, tenderness, bad breath, and eventually tooth decay.
What Do I Do?
The easy solution is to ask your dentist how your wisdom teeth are doing. If your dentist deems you to be at risk, there is a good chance that they’ll recommend early removal of the teeth to prevent future complications (trust us, you won’t want impacted teeth).
If you have tenderness at the rear of your mouth where your wisdom teeth are, make sure you get a consultation before it becomes a real problem.
If you think you have some wisdom tooth problems, make sure you get a hold of us ASAP! Don’t let those teeth get impacted and ruin your life. Impacted teeth can be pretty destructive to your teeth and jaw, which can quite literally be life threatening if an infection spread to the bone. Reach out to us today!