Wisdom teeth have always been a subject of interest for everyone. While dentists are busy in removing them, health experts discuss about their importance at the first place. For a common man, arrival of wisdom teeth is considered as a sign of his mental maturity and those who possess fully developed wisdom teeth are deemed to have attained intelligence. Let us try to learn more about them and find out if they are of any use to us?
Wisdom teeth are basically third molar teeth that are found in the extreme side of mouth, one at each side. So in total, there are four wisdom teeth that are provided to be developed in a person. However, the time of arrival of these teeth is not fixed. They start developing early in some people, while some others might not get single wisdom teeth in their own life. In most cases, people have two wisdom teeth, which mostly begin to develop in their twenties.
They develop very slowly and it could take a few years before they finally develop in full. However, most of the people get them removed before this happens because dentist recommend their removal. They reason that as they are located at extreme ends of the mouth, it is very hard to take care of them. It is a tedious task to clean them and if one fails to do so, then they are likely to get decided and one that happens, after that they can also infect other teeth. They are also not considered of any use because of their location. As they can not be used for chewing or any other constructive purpose and it is a tedious task to take care of them, most people prefer to get them removed.
Now an obvious question that arises here is that if they are completely useless, then why do they develop at the first place? Experts say that they were useful for our ancients, who survived in forest by eating animals and back then; these teeth use to help them in chewing the raw flesh of different animals. As the time passed, men's eating habits changed and gradually, he started using these teeth lesser. As a result, they too started growing late and these days, it is hard to find a person who has all four fully developed wisdom teeth. They also cause lots of pain while they are on their way to development and therefore, most of the people prefer to get them removed and avoid this prolonged pain.
The upper and lower third molars are also called your wisdom teeth. These teeth are located at the very back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to surface in the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24 years old.
Some people have their wisdom teeth for their entire life. However, most people today opt to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have their wisdom teeth taken out even before they break through the gums.
People who live with their wisdom teeth for their lifetime usually do not experience any complications. But for some people, their wisdom teeth never erupt. And this can lead to swelling, gum ulcers and pain. Once the wisdom tooth becomes impacted and it starts pressing up against another tooth, it can damage the tooth beside it or the jawbone. These two are the main reasons why people usually have to undergo oral surgery to have a wisdom tooth removed.
Having a wisdom tooth removed is not as easy or simple as undergoing a regular tooth extraction. It requires a surgery since the dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. The dentist will then separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone. Then the dentist will remove the tooth. The tooth is usually cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Depending on your dentist, these stitches can dissolve over time or you will have to go back to the clinic to have them removed.
If you will be having your wisdom tooth removed sometime soon, below are some tips you should follow to properly prepare for this procedure:
Inform your dentist all the medicines and natural health products you take. Some of the medicines and supplements you drink daily can increase the risk of bleeding or interact with anesthesia. If you take blood-thinners, such as warfarin, clopidogrel, or aspirin, your doctor and dentist may ask that you stop taking these for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
Schedule the procedure at the right time. Schedule your appointment on a Thursday or Friday so that you can have the weekend off to rest and recuperate.
Stock up on soft food such as gelatin, yogurt, pudding, and cottage cheese. You will be prescribed a soft diet for several days after the surgery so stock up on these food items. You can also eat some soup, but only if it is served warm, not hot. Avoid foods that are crunchy and require a lot of chewing.
Finally, make sure you bring a companion when you go to the dental clinic. Make sure you have someone to drive you home since the anesthesia and pain medicine administered or given to you will make it unsafe for you to drive.[Top]