Wisdom Teeth: The Knowledge behind them
Did you know that there are actually 3 sets of molars you can get? While you may not have heard of the 3 sets of molars, you’ve probably heard of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars that develop in your mouth. Not everyone has wisdom teeth but for those that do, they typically begin to erupt in late teenage years or in your early 20s.
Scientists believe that our early ancestors had wisdom teeth to aid in the rough diets we consumed.This extra set of molars aided us as we chewed on leaves, roots, nuts and meat. As humans evolved and modern technology, such as utensils, developed we no longer needed the extra set of teeth.
There is a small percentage of people who don’t need to have their wisdom teeth removed. The vast majority however, usually need to have them removed. Dr. Del Toro will evaluate your mouth and see if they need to be removed. There are a couple of reasons why wisdom teeth need to be extracted.
First, often there’s not enough room in your mouth. Anciently the human jaw was bigger and was able to incorporate the teeth. Since evolution and modern technology has arisen the human jaw has changed to become much smaller. With the smaller jaw there’s not enough room to incorporate an extra set of teeth. As wisdom teeth grow in they can cause crowding and problems for the other teeth that are already present.
Second, because of the smaller space wisdom teeth may not grow in correctly which can lead to the teeth being impacted. Impacted teeth means that a tooth is below the gum line and hasn’t come up into the mouth. This can cause swelling and tenderness to occur around the tooth. If not removed, cysts can potentially develop leading to bone damage or even tumors.
If you do have to have your wisdom teeth removed here are a few tips to make the process smoother:
- It’s easier to have them removed if you are younger. Patients over the age of 35 have a higher risk for complications and it may take longer to heal. Ideally, you want to have the tooth removed when the roots are only ⅔ of the way developed.
- After their removal make sure you follow the instructions given to prevent any complications.
- Follow a soft food diet including consuming things that are either cold or at room temperature.
- Avoid strenuous activity and get plenty of rest to help with healing.
Remember, if at any time you feel discomfort in your mouth give us a call and we’ll check it out.
For all of your family, cosmetic or restorative dental needs, we invite you to contact Paris Family Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.