Teeth contain the hardest substance our bodies produce (enamel), connect the jaw, and come in different types to serve several functions. There are four types of teeth with different shapes. Each grows in particular places in the jaw. The classes include incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.
There are molars called the third molars or wisdom teeth. These grow in after the others in the back of the jaw. However, several problems can lead to removing wisdom teeth to keep your mouth healthy. Let’s explore wisdom teeth in more detail.
Your wisdom teeth don’t usually grow until your late teens to early 20s (between 17-25), and for some people, they may not emerge at all. Like other molars, these teeth help grind food, but thanks to modern utensils, we don’t need them as much as we once did, if at all. They are considered vestigial and likely part of the reason why everyone doesn’t have them.
There are several reasons for wisdom teeth extraction, including:
Since the wisdom teeth are in the back of your mouth, it is more difficult to reach them when brushing or flossing. Therefore, infections are common.
Particles, bacteria, and other food particles can collect and cause periodontitis (gum disease) and tooth decay, likely leading to your wisdom teeth being removed.
Damage to the wisdom teeth can also damage other teeth, so removal is often used to prevent a systemic problem.
Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors for evolutionary reasons, wisdom teeth may not emerge properly due to a lack of room. They sometimes grow underneath the gum line, at awkward angles, or crowd other teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth usually takes less than an hour, though more complex procedures can run longer. Here is the process:
Some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are expected, and we will offer detailed instructions on managing the extraction site once you’re home. You’ll need someone to drive you home after the sedation has worn off.