What's the Deal with Wisdom Teeth

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If you’ve had your wisdom teeth, then you know what a hassle they can be. Even so, you might be wondering: what are these strange teeth, why do we have them, and why is it so important to remove them? Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that humans develop but rarely have space for. Scientists believe that these teeth benefited our ancestors when they had larger jaws to accommodate them. In the millennia since then, the human species has outgrown the need for wisdom teeth, but evolution can be a painfully slow process.

As we currently are, most humans suffer from the emergence of their wisdom teeth. Our species has grown somewhat smaller over time, and these teeth don’t fit in our mouths anymore. Leaving them in place can lead to jaw pain, gum swelling, cysts, higher risk of cavities, and might shift the rest of your teeth into a crooked position. This is by no means an exhaustive list but should serve as a good starting point for covering why the removal of wisdom teeth can be important.

While rates of complications from wisdom teeth are high, not all people experience adverse side-effects when these molars emerge. In general, the removal of wisdom teeth is a form of preventative medicine, with the goal being to prevent future problems from developing in your mouth. In some cases, though, it is necessary to remove the wisdom teeth because they are actively causing issues in the mouth. This can happen even if you’ve had them for a while without trouble.

Wisdom teeth can be become impacted, which can lead to a whole other array of problems. Impacted means that the tooth is growing and living below the gum tissue but not erupting from it; making it dangerous, inaccessible, and quite useless. This can lead to a higher risk of gum disease, molars growing sideways into other teeth, hard to reach tooth decay in the buried wisdom tooth, and all the problems that can come with non-impacted wisdom teeth. The odds are good that if your wisdom teeth are impacted, the dentist is going to need to remove them.

The best way to keep an eye out for dental problems with wisdom teeth is to go in twice a year for a Tulsa teeth cleaning and to get regular dental x-rays. This will make sure that no wisdom teeth develop without you and your dentist being aware and prepared. Whether you want to try and let them grow naturally or choose to have them removed as soon as possible, keeping track of their development is a smart idea. Dentists can often make predictions early on in a wisdom tooth’s development about how much trouble it will cause you later.

While wisdom teeth can be a painful hassle, the removal of them has become a standard treatment, and you should have little to fear. If you’re worried about your dental hygiene and want to check with the experts, schedule an appointment with Tulsa Modern Dental and come in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning.