Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth refer to the third set of molars found in the back of our mouths. At the moment, they’re considered to be vestigial or a remnant of something that was once prominent. Our ancestors used them to grind plant tissue. As the human race developed and we learned a thing or two about food preparation, rendering the raw products to be more “chewable,” the need for this set of teeth dwindled in the process.
Wisdom teeth often come into topics of conversations, especially when they are the cause of pain and swelling. Each of our skulls and jawbones are shaped differently, so while some may not notice them growing out, other feel them acutely when they cause intense swelling, pain, and discomfort. The only recourse is to have these wisdom teeth extracted.
Wisdom teeth that are healthy, fully grown (or have fully erupted), positioned correctly, properly aligned with opposing teeth, and can be thoroughly cleaned as part of your daily oral hygiene routine don’t need to be removed.
However, there are times when wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow because of the different sizes of our jawbones, which can cause problems. Basically, you leave yourself open for various infections and risk the rest of your healthy teeth getting damaged. This is why our dentist in Pasadena may suggest removing them.
Wisdom teeth extraction can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s a decision that you have to go through to relieve yourself of the immense discomfort and pain they sometimes bring. These molars at the back of your mouth can be removed while they are not visible yet or when they start growing crooked. A crooked wisdom tooth can cause permanent damage to adjacent teeth and is also the root of all sorts of misalignments with your bite.
Wisdom teeth extraction is usually done within one appointment and a follow-up. After the procedure, you can expect to be in full recovery within a few days. Anesthesia is administered during the procedure, so be sure to make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive or accompany you home.
We understand that surgery is something that sounds serious, and while it is, not getting the tooth (or teeth) extracted may turn out for the worst in the future if left unattended. If you want to know more about the removal of wisdom teeth and other processes involved in its extraction, please do not hesitate to set an appointment with our dentist at Genesis Dental Esthetics, your premier dental services provider in Pasadena.