Wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent or adult teeth to come into your mouth. Most people get four wisdom teeth at the back of their mouths, which include two teeth on the top row and two on the bottom. They’re essentially the remnants of third molars, which our human ancestors needed to grind up plant tissue before digesting it. Since we basically don’t need third molars in modern times, they no longer behave the way they did before, which is the reason why wisdom teeth cause so many problems.
The main problem with wisdom teeth is that before they erupt into the mouth they often become impacted in your gum tissue. This causes a range of problems, including:
It’s important to keep an eye on your wisdom teeth once they start to erupt, so you can get medical attention if you see any of these symptoms. Discuss your situation with your dentist, to see what s/he recommends. Some dentists believe in removing wisdom teeth to prevent future problems, even if they aren’t causing concern at present. Others prefer to take a more conservative approach and just monitor them for now.
If your wisdom teeth do give you problems, your dentist will most likely recommend removing them surgically before they cause too much trouble. Having your wisdom teeth out is almost always done under dental sedation, and you can expect some minor discomfort afterwards for a few days. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, the dental surgeon needs to make an incision in the gum tissue to remove them. The wound is closed with stitches, and any cysts or tumors are removed during the same procedure or a later appointment. If you have developed an infection your dentist might prescribe antibiotics both before and/or after the surgery to treat it.
For more information on wisdom teeth, the problems you might experience, and how to treat them, please call our dentists in Scarborough at 416-267-4661 to schedule an appointment, or click here to book online.
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