Wisdom teeth are originally believed to have been an extra pair of molars used for survival. Before the invention of knives, during the time of homo sapiens, they would eat leaves, raw, meat, roots, nuts, and berries as part of a standard diet. Because they could not cut up the food, they would use these back molars to help consume harder foods easier. These molars also accommodated the larger jaws they were placed in. Our cranial skulls have since decreased in size since then, but wisdom teeth, thanks to genetics, still remains within our bodies. While much of our food is in a more digestible state, we still get wisdom teeth, even if we don’t necessarily need them anymore.
Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth can be more of a problem than a use because of the way people have adapted to their diet and surroundings. One of the most common problems that wisdom teeth can produce is “impaction”. This is when the teeth are trying to push through, but because of the existence of wisdom teeth, there’s no room for those teeth to grow, and thus begin to push the teeth out of alignment. Impaction can also result in cracking and breaking of teeth if the wisdom teeth are not removed. ‘
One of the weirdest things about wisdom teeth however is that not everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed. Depending on how the teeth grow in, if the wisdom teeth are not impacting the way the rest of your teeth grow in, then there’s no need to remove them. However, most dentists will suggest that the wisdom teeth should be removed as a precaution in case of any future incidents with your front and back teeth.
How Does the Dentist Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Dentist usually perform a wisdom tooth extraction by first using an anesthesia, either injecting the sedative into the gums, your arm via injection, or inhaling nitrous oxide. Your dentist will then make an incision to your gum to expose the tooth, remove the bone that blocks the tooth, divide the tooth into parts and then remove each section from your mouth. After cleaning up the wounds, your dentist will most likely put gauze onto the wounds and give you advice on how to care for your wounds as it heals back. If you have any issues with your recovery afterwards, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
If you’ve been experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, then it’s time to contact Dr. Reynaldo Barbon at Superb Dental Care in Pasadena, CA. As an expert on wisdom tooth extraction, Dr. Barbon and his team of dentists will be able to care for you and all of your dental needs by explaining the process, diagnoising any issues, and treating your illnesses effectively with the latest treatments in dentistry. If you have a wisdom tooth that needs removed, contact them through their phone number to schedule an appointment.