Teeth

All about Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, what a menace are they when the time comes to pull them out. However, they were once quite useful in chewing and eating. Let’s take a look at what’s all this fuss about?

What are Wisdom Teeth?

These are the third molars that grow on the end of each row of teeth. Wisdom teeth generally erupt from the gum line between the ages of 17 and 25. Like we said before, the wisdom teeth were quite useful for the ancient people as they used it to grind up solid food that was difficult to digest. Also, in the past, molars were lost more often, typically before the wisdom teeth showed up. This avoided the issue of impacted and crowded teeth due to wisdom teeth. However, that is not the case today, and wisdom teeth typically serve no purpose.

Why do We Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The most common reason to remove wisdom teeth is crowding in our mouth. Many a time, these teeth do not have enough room to grow, and they end up growing sideways, or they start to push the second molars out of their alignment. This makes the cleaning process difficult, and the gap between the molars can lead to infection and inflammation.

When Should We Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Only when the wisdom teeth start causing pain or impact other teeth should we think of removing them. Usually, this is done when between the ages of 16 and 18. However, it is important to note that it is not always necessary to remove wisdom teeth. Sometimes, these grow in their own place without affecting other teeth or causing any other problem. In such cases, we should leave the teeth be.

Why is it Painful to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

There is a very wrong concept about the removal process. People consider it to be a painful process. However, this is not the case.

Since the removal is done under anesthesia, the procedure is not painful. But the recovery period can be painful. Thankfully, most patients can utilize painkillers prescribed by their dentist to dull the pain. Usually, the recovery period lasts around 4 days. During this time, it is not uncommon to experience soreness, swelling, and pain. However, if there is constant pain even after 4 days, you should visit your dentist again.