Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know

Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know

Dec 11, 2017

Someone getting their wisdom teeth removed is such a common procedure these days that it just seems like a part of growing up. But have you ever stopped to think about what they are even doing there in the first place? What is their purpose?

A common thought is that those wisdom teeth are remnants of an ancient era. Our ancient human ancestors had a diet consisting of fibrous plants and raw meat that required more grinding, hence these extra teeth. Since we eat softer foods now and also have smaller jaws, this third molar does not always fit.

Removing Wisdom Teeth

Between ages 17 and 21, most wisdom teeth start to break the gum. They, unfortunately, do not always come in as expected. Wisdom teeth are often removed for a number of reasons, such as:

  • They can cause damage to nearby teeth since there is not enough space for the new teeth.
  • They can come in incorrectly, leading to difficult to clean areas and trapped food and bacteria.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth get trapped under the gums in the jaw, which can cause damage to nearby teeth.

Sometimes, the wisdom teeth do come in properly, and you will not have to get them removed. If they fit properly in the jaw and don’t create difficult to clean areas, then you have gained some extra teeth for chewing!

We want what’s best for your smile, so we treat every case special and uniquely. You can be sure that each wisdom teeth removal will be handled professionally.

Tips If You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink a lot of water, avoid alcohol, hot beverages, and caffeine
  • Eat soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, and everyone’s favorite…ice cream!
  • After two days, introduce broth-based soups
  • Avoid foods that are hard or chewy for at least one to two weeks
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