Wisdom teeth are permanent teeth that form as the third set of molars. These teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Just like other permanent teeth, wisdom teeth also serve the purpose of biting and chewing. Our ancestors used them to chew rough and hard food items.
Modern diets are not as coarse as our ancestors' foods — nowadays, we eat cooked, softened food. Anthropologists think people have evolved beyond requiring wisdom teeth meaning we do not really need them. Therefore, many people may never get any.
Besides, with evolution, modern humans' jaws have become smaller than those of our ancestors, leaving less space for wisdom teeth to erupt properly. Hence, for most people, their wisdom teeth don’t serve their function well.
Wisdom teeth can be kept when they do not cause any concerns under the following circumstances:
Wisdom teeth may not have enough space to erupt properly for some people. This can lead to various problems such as the ones down below.
Some dentists suggest the removal of wisdom teeth only if they don't fully erupt. Others recommend removing wisdom teeth even before the roots and bone have fully emerged, and recovery is generally faster after surgery.
To summarize, the American Dental Association recommends wisdom teeth removal if you suffer from any of the following problems.
The removal of wisdom teeth is done through a surgical process. First, the dentist will subject you to anesthesia and then make an incision in the gum tissue. After that, the dentist extracts the bone blocking access to the tooth, removes the tooth, and then stitches the wound. Finally, he places gauze over the area to stop bleeding.
An impacted wisdom tooth may or may not cause any problems. If you have any difficulties, you may need to have it extracted.
Call Complete Dental Health LLC, Albany, OR 97322 at (541) 928-6622 to talk to our dentist if your wisdom tooth is causing problems.
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