Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Why would we ever want to get rid of teeth called wisdom teeth? Doesn’t it seem like a smart idea to keep something associated with knowledge in the back of our mouths? If only our back molars really did make us smarter! In reality, those teeth have nothing to do with intelligence or I.Q. points.

So why are wisdom teeth so named?

Two ideas exist. The first is that those teeth are usually the very last to grow in our mouths. Supposedly we’re “wiser” in years by this time.  Another idea about the origin of the phrase comes from the word verstandskiezen.  For Dutch dentists this translates as “Far standing molars”—meaning the teeth located at the back of the mouth. Over time, the word became Anglicized and English speakers pronounced verstand as “wisdom.”

Do I have to get them out?

Many people simply assume their wisdom teeth must come out. Others often report no difficulties with their wisdom teeth and question why they need to be removed at all. It is possible to keep those teeth and never experience any future complications. And unfortunately some dental insurance plans do not cover wisdom teeth removal, which means patients are stuck bearing the total burden of what can be an expensive procedure. Those are pretty strong reasons for leaving them in.

However, there are many advantages to having them removed.  Between the ages of 17 to 25, the roots of those back molars are not dense or fully developed. It is much easier to remove the teeth at this period of your life because you will experience much less pain and far fewer complications.

When it’s not a choice

Sometimes you really need to have those teeth gone. Your jaws may not be large enough to support them, and in this circumstance, the teeth will almost certainly become impacted beneath your gums.  Impaction can sometimes lead to infection and damage to nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth left in your mouth can also grow partially through the gums which creates a natural breeding ground for bacteria and germs. These teeth can also sometimes grow in at odd angles, further compromising the position of your other teeth.

Give them some Space

The bottom line is that removing wisdom teeth relieves crowding in the mouth. It is also much easier to maintain healthy dental hygiene with them gone.

What to expect

If you need your teeth removed, don’t delay the procedure because you fear pain. Your dentist will give you a local anesthesia which effectively numbs the area. In addition, a general anesthetic can be given which will allow you to sleep through the procedure.

Gum tissue over the tooth will then be opened up and any bone covering the tooth will be removed. The tooth can then be safely extracted. Occasionally, the wisdom teeth may need to be cut into several pieces before removal.

Some patients require stitches after the procedure. Usually dissolving stitches are placed which will not need to be removed, but will instead naturally disappear.

If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, do the smart thing and contact your dentist today.

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