Be Wise About Teeth Removal

If you have kids in high school, they may be going through orthodontic treatment as your read this post. You are probably aware that another common dental concern could be looming around the corner.

That’s right, your son or daughter may be getting his or her wisdom teeth in the near future. Some expert estimates that 8 in 10 Americans will have their wisdom teeth extracted.

If you are one of the lucky 20 percent, congratulations. If you are in the 80 percent, you will want to go to a dentist who can handle your extraction safely.

If you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, you can go to Forever Young Dentistry.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

This is a good question, right up there with why do we have an appendix or tonsils? It seems the only time we hear about those parts of our bodies is when they are being removed.

As far as wisdom teeth are concerned, anthropologists have compared modern human jaws to jaws found in the skulls of our ancestors. They have noticed that our ancestors had bigger jaws, which could accommodate a third set of molars (our wisdom teeth).

One hypothesis is that our ancestors ate a rougher diet than we do today. After all, they couldn’t go to the grocery store to get the processed foods that many of us eat.

Our molars are the teeth we use to grind our food into smaller pieces. By having a third set of molars, our ancestors had a bigger surface to grind that food.

A second hypothesis is one that relates to dentistry, in a way. Losing teeth is not a new phenomenon. Animals lose teeth, and our ancestors lost teeth, too. The suggestion by some experts is that our ancestors could make up for the loss of other teeth during their lives by having this extra set of molars.

Why It’s Wise To Remove These Teeth

Most of us don’t have enough room in our mouths to hold a third set of molars. This can lead to partially or completely impacted teeth. Impacted teeth do not erupt correctly, which can cause a variety of oral health issues.

If you come to our office for routine cleanings and examinations, we will keep a close eye on your tooth alignment and development. As your wisdom teeth develop, we will watch what they are doing closely.

We will let you know if we notice anything that could lead to problems down the road. However, please keep in mind that a lot can happen between your regular visits.

Here are some of the problems that can occur if your wisdom teeth become impacted:

  • Alignment problems — If you just finished your orthodontic treatment, this may be a particular concern for you. You may have spent years working to straighten your teeth, but an impacted wisdom tooth can cause your teeth to push together and throw off your alignment all over again.
  • Jaw damage — In some cases, your wisdom teeth can grow in the wrong direction. This can lead to pain and structural damage to your jaw.
  • Tooth decay and gum disease — Whether completely or partially impacted, wisdom teeth can create spaces that are hard to clean with brushing and flossing. This can create openings where bacteria can grow.

This bacteria is what causes tooth decay and gum disease to form inside your mouth.

Removing Your Teeth And Your Problems

If you are experiencing pain in your teeth or jaw, we encourage you to visit our office as soon as possible. Even it’s it’s not the result of impacted wisdom teeth, your teeth are not supposed to hurt.

If wisdom teeth are the source of your pain, we can perform an extraction in our office.

You will be happy to know that we offer two kinds of sedation dentistry in our office. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation both offer pain-relieving effects. With either of these options, we can remove your teeth without causing you any pain.

Following your treatment, you will want to rest, and it will be important that you follow the after-care instructions to reduce your risk of complications.

Wise Up

Removing your wisdom teeth may be one of the wisest decisions you make. This can prevent you from experiencing a number of problems down the road.

Come to our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, if you would like us to check on your wisdom teeth or the teeth of someone you love. Call 586-698-7135 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.