Having your wisdom teeth removed has become a rite of passage for many in their late teenage years. The name stems from their emergence in a time when a teenager is becoming a wise adult. With so many people getting them removed, we often get asked why do we have them in the first place?
Wisdom teeth are left over from a time when our distant ancestors had very different face shapes and diets. With a diet high in fibrous and hard to chew foods, our mouths needed extra grinding surfaces in order to help the digestive tract. As we evolved, our diets changed considerably to incorporate softer foods. The need for these extra molars dwindled, and the shape of faces started getting narrower.
Now, many people’s mouth can’t fit the wisdom teeth when it is time for them to erupt from the gums. Due to this, it can cause a domino effect for other teeth in the mouth as it tries to make space for these new teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth that can’t get to the surface are common, and it is smart to remove them before they can cause more damage to the teeth around them.
Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. After taking x-rays, your dentist will discuss if the extraction looks like it will be simple or if it may require gum surgery.
After wisdom teeth removal, there are several steps you can take to heal faster:
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...