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Getting Wise About Wisdom Teeth

There is nothing shameful about losing a tooth, but when it comes to a wisdom tooth all sorts of fuss is made, especially for those in their teenage years. A point is often raised as to why we have wisdom teeth at all, if they always seem to be the first teeth to be removed. It seems that this 3rd set of molars came from our ancestors who really needed them in order to grind the food they ate at that time. This consisted of such things as fibrous plants, roots and even raw meat where all the teeth in the mouth helped to prepare the food for swallowing.

How wisdom teeth grow

The prehistoric diet during the early years may have stimulated enough growth in the mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, but a more modern diet doesn’t play that role in quite the same way. It’s even got to the point that more and more people don’t grow any wisdom teeth at all. The ones that do, which at the moment is still most of us, sometime suffer from problems such as impaction, where there is no room for the tooth to erupt. This means the affected wisdom tooth may need to be extracted because there is no space for it. As long as your wisdom teeth grew in your mouth correctly and you pay attention to cleaning those corners of your mouth, there should not be any need for extraction to take place.

What happens if you do need to have a wisdom tooth removed?

It is sometimes a bigger job to extract a wisdom tooth than any other tooth, so you should be well rested and relaxed on the day the tooth is to be extracted. Once the tooth has been extracted you should avoid drinking anything alcoholic, highly caffeinated drinks and any very hot drink for a day or two to give the area around the extracted tooth a bit of time to recover. However, you can consume softer foods like yogurt and cheese, but you should wait a day or two before adding food items like soup. After a week or so you can go back to eating harder or chewier food.

Wisdom teeth can come in all shapes and sizes, so when your Malmin dentist examines your teeth, he or she will have a customized solution for you. It might not be an extraction, unless you are experiencing so much pain and discomfort that the only solution is for this procedure to be carried out. Your dentist will monitor the situation carefully and will extract the tooth if there doesn’t seem to be any other acceptable solution available to you.


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