Can I keep my wisdom teeth?

Can I keep my wisdom teeth?

Posted by ARCADIA MEDI-DENTAL GROUP on Mar 10 2021, 09:13 AM

There is a widely held misconception that having wisdom teeth would somehow make you smarter. In reality, the name comes after the fact that they appear much later in life, i.e., when a person is in adolescence or early adulthood. Wisdom teeth are located at the back of your teeth, and there are four of them - two at the top and two at the bottom. Basically, they are just molars that help with grinding food.

Wisdom Teeth - Why are they taken out?

Every fully grown adult has 12 molars. The first two pairs grow when you’re young, while the third pair typically arrive when you are aged between 17 and 23. Although not a compulsory procedure, wisdom teeth need to be removed when they don’t have any room to grow out of your gum as they should and instead infringe on other teeth around them.

Here are a few reasons why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed:

  • Bone loss around roots
  • Lack of room to brush or floss around the tooth
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Cavities or infection

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Does it hurt?

Wisdom teeth are removed via an extraction procedure that causes some pain after the anesthetic used for the procedure wears off. That’s why dentists prioritize conducting the procedure as painlessly as possible while using ways to minimize the discomfort. After a few days on the sideline, you can go back to your usual routine as any pain will quickly subside in a matter of days.

Wisdom Teeth Removal: What to do after?

There are a number of precautions you need to take to ensure the discomfort you feel after the procedure is kept at a minimum.

  • Hold a cold pack around the sore or swollen area of the jaw to help with the pain.
  • To start off, don’t spit too much, as this may cause you to un-clot the area that was bleeding.
  • Continue with soft foods for a week as you may not be able to open your mouth fully.
  • Drink lots of liquids but stay away from aerated drinks, alcohol, or beverages for the next 24 hours.

Wisdom teeth removal is a slightly invasive procedure that helps you get rid of any pain caused by a new set of wisdom teeth popping up in your gums. In case you are feeling any pain in your jaw, contact Arcadia Medi-Dental Group to have your worries checked out.

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